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4 people arrested after Mankato drug bust

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Four suspects were taken into custody after a drug bust in Mankato.

Back on Wednesday the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force was conducting an investigation related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, a confidential informant was provided with $740 to conduct a controlled buy of meth. The complaint goes on to say the money was to be placed in a vehicle, and a person, who was later identified as George Pepin, was to arrive and take the money out of the vehicle, and then replace it with 7 grams of methamphetamine.

However, authorities say Pepin simply took the money and didn't leave the drugs.

The criminal complaint says agents subsequently located Pepin at 1932 4th Avenue in Mankato. A search warrant was later approved for the residence, which also had a camper parked on it. When the residence and camper were searched, authorities report finding meth and other drug paraphernalia.
George Pepin, Tom Simmons, Jeffrey Simmons, and Melanie Lynard have all been charged with felony drug charges in connection with this incident. And according to court records, Pepin is facing a 2nd-degree drug charge. That count carries a mandatory-minimum sentence of 3 years behind bars.