Carlton County charges dismissed after federal indictment in meth case

Charges in Carlton County, where a Duluth man was arrested with 11 pounds of methamphetamine, were dropped after federal charges were filed.

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DULUTH — Motions are due by Jan. 20 in a federal case against a Duluth man who was arrested in September 2020, for allegedly attempting to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine.

Tyler Lee Hautajarvi, 26, faces one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a indictment filed Sept. 21, 2022.

Tyler Lee Hautajarvi
Tyler Lee Hautajarvi <br/>
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Hautajarvi also faced first-degree drug possession charges in Carlton County, but the charges were dismissed on Nov. 15, 2022, after the federal indictment was filed.

In that case, St. Louis County Sheriff's deputies pulled over Hautajarvi's vehicle in Carlton County on June 12, 2022 after receiving a tip, according to the criminal complaint.

Upon executing a search warrant, the complaint said officers discovered that Hautajarvi's vehicle was being driven by a woman, with Hautajarvi as the only passenger. During the search, officers found a handgun and 11.61 pounds of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.


Hautajarvi was arrested and transferred to the Carlton County Jail on June 27, 2022.

The federal indictment against Hautajarvi also includes five other defendants, who face charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine.

A motion hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 10.

This story originally contained incorrect information regarding the status of Hautajarvi's case. It was updated at 2:30 p.m. Jan 9, 2023 with the correct information. It was originally posted at 4:01 p.m. Nov. 30, 2022. The Cloquet Pine Journal regrets the error.

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