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Drug investigation nets 11 arrests

Eleven people are facing drug trafficking charges as a result of an investigation by Twin Ports authorities dubbed “Operation Ghostbusters.”

The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force began an investigation into trafficking of methamphetamine in the Twin Ports area in July. Law enforcement seized during the investigation about 1.5 pounds of meth, a firearm, more than $22,000 in cash, drug packaging and paraphernalia and numerous items of evidence related to the sale of controlled substances, the task force announced in a statement Monday, Sept. 10.

“Investigators believed the group was responsible for supplying multiple pounds of methamphetamine per week in the Twin Ports area,” the statement said.

Operation Ghostbusters involved the Duluth, Hermantown, Superior and Cloquet police departments; the St. Louis County and Carlton County sheriff’s offices; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.

Eleven people have been charged in State District Court for allegedly taking part in the drug trafficking organization.

According to the task force, charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree sale of meth and aiding and abetting the first-degree sale of meth are: Dennis Edward Patrick, 46, of Duluth; Forest Wright, 49, of Proctor; April Christine Carlson, 46, of Duluth; Scott Alan Diemert, 55, of Duluth; Chad Allen Pryatel, 46, of Duluth; Gregory Scott Anderson, 38, of Duluth; Gregory Maurice Guthrie, 44, of Duluth; Bradley Allen Anderson, 31, of Duluth; Lorna Ann Williams, 53, of Duluth.

Jeffrey Scott Rose, 52, of Duluth has been charged with third-degree possession of meth in a public housing zone.

Michael Chino Bebber, 44, of Duluth has been charged with second-degree sale of meth. Bebber, who is believed to be in the Duluth area, currently has a warrant for arrest for this charge. Authorities are asking anyone who might know of Bebber’s whereabouts to call 911.

Several of those charged were on probation and/or out on bail at the time of their arrests, the task force said. Wright and Carlson were both out on bail for prior charges of first-degree sale of methamphetamine, and Wright was also on probation for first-degree sale of meth at the time of both recent arrests.