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Cloquet man arrested in meth sting

Andrew Jennissen

A Cloquet man was arrested after an informant made several methamphetamine purchases for the Cloquet Police Department earlier this year.

Andrew Jennissen, 30, was charged with first-degree sale of a drug within a 90-day period and third-degree possession of a narcotic drug other than heroin.

According to the probable cause statement, CPD began investigating Jennissen in April. With the help of an informant, officers conducted four controlled buys of meth. The informant purchased a total of 23.26 grams.

The first buy was April 8 at Jennissen's residence. He told the informant he could not leave the house because he was wearing an ankle monitor. CPD audio recorded the transaction as the informant bought the 4.14 grams of meth from Jennissen.

There were two more controlled buys April 14 and one April 15, all at Jennissen's residence. The informant purchased 3.99 grams, 7.49 grams and 7.64 grams.

Officers obtained a warrant and April 16, searched the home, where they found Jennissen asleep on the couch. They discovered a baggie with a substance that tested positive for meth in Jennissen's pocket as well as scales, baggies and other indications of meth sales.

If found guilty of both charges, Jennissen could face up to 60 years in prison and a maximum of $1.25 million in fines.

His next hearing is set for Aug. 27 at the Carlton County Courthouse.