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Cloquet, Moose Lake residents arrested in Carlton County marijuana operation

Three more people have been arrested in Carlton County in connection with a multi-state marijuana operation, Cloquet police reported today.

Their arrests bring to nine the number arrested in the last week. Six people were arraigned this week on felony charges of sale or possession of a controlled substance. Two of those suspects are from California.

Officers from several agencies raided a home in Moose Lake on Thursday and found a "sophisticated marijuana grow" and about 10 pound of processed marijuana, Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande said in a news release.

Those charged today in Carlton County District Court were: Tracey Dandrea, 43, of Cloquet and Kathi Criley, 46, and John Francis Little, 49, both of Moose Lake.

Dandrea is charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. Criley and Little are charged with fifth-degree possession.

Charged Tuesday were Jacob Lee Jackson, 19, of Superior; Joel Poverud, 23, of Superior; Ronald Wayne Dianoski, 27, of Superior; Tyrel Nolan Little, 33, of McKinnleyville, Calif.; Vickie Jo Mabrier, 35, of Eureka, Calif.; and Michael Stephen Little, 55, of Esko.

According to the criminal complaints filed in the case, Cloquet police detectives received a call Saturday from an informant regarding an offer that person received to purchase some high-grade California marijuana. Detectives then set up a controlled buy through the informant, and Jackson, Poverud and Dianoski were arrested at that time.

The criminal complaint said questioning of Dianoski and Poverud yielded information that Tyrel Little and Mabrier arrived in town a couple of days before with 10 pounds of high-grade California marijuana.

Officers obtained a warrant for a Sunday search of the home of Little's parents, Michael and Lori, in Esko where they found Tyrel Little and Mabrier as well as the balance of the marijuana the two had transported from California, according to the complaint. A further search of the property yielded about a pound of marijuana in the garage, which Michael Little admitted was some that he had grown, and an additional amount was located drying in the attic of the garage.

Tyrel Little, Michael Little and Mabrier were all then arrested.

Jackson, Poverud and Dianoski each face one felony count of fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance and one felony count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Tyrel Little, Michael Little and Mabrier each face one felony count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.