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Six charged in drug operation, high quality marijuana seized

Six people face felony drug charges in Carlton County related to a large amount of marijuana seized last weekend, some of which was a particularly high grade from California.

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Six people face felony drug charges in Carlton County related to a large amount of marijuana seized last weekend, some of which was a particularly high grade from California.

Arraigned in Carlton County Court on 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. Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler indicated for the record during Tuesday's arraignment that Lori Gail Little, 54, of Esko will also be charged.

According to the criminal complaints filed in the case, Cloquet police detectives received a call from one of their confidential reliable informants (CRIs) at approximately 3 p.m. on March 26 regarding an offer that person had received, asking if he or she would like to purchase some high grade California marijuana at the cost of $1,200 for a quarter of a pound.

Detectives then set up a controlled buy through the informant, who was to meet Jackson, Poverud and Dianoski in a park in Scanlon. The three then took the prospective buyer to the 1200 block of 28th Street in Scanlon where they produced the marijuana for the buyer to examine. The buyer then left to secure the required funds and later arranged to meet the three men in the Super One parking lot, where the money and marijuana were exchanged.

At that point, officers converged on the scene and arrested Jackson, Poverud and Dianoski after finding the buy money under the front seat of their car. Dianoski also was found to have an additional amount of marijuana with him at the time of his arrest.

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The criminal complaint went on to say that Poverud agreed to speak with detectives, informing them that prior to that night's sale, there had also been a substantial amount of marijuana at the 28th Street residence. Though only a trace amount of marijuana was located after police executed a search warrant at that address, subsequent questioning of Dianoski and Poverud yielded information that Tyrel Little and Vickie Jo Mabrier had just arrived in town a couple of days before with 10 pounds of high-grade California marijuana.

Dianoski and Poverud further stated to investigators that Mabrier and Little had been transporting the high-grade marijuana from California to Minnesota for a period of time and indicated that if they weren't at the residence on 28th Street, they would likely be at the home of Tyrel Little's parents on the 100 block of Larson Road in Esko.

Officers obtained another search warrant before going to the Esko home in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 27. They were greeted at the door by Tyrel Little's mother, Lori, and later joined by his father, Michael Little. Officers also located Tyrel Little and Mabrier inside the residence as well as the balance of the marijuana that the two had transported from California.

A further search of the property yielded approximately 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 and transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center.

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.

Cloquet police later stated that Tyrel Little and Mabrier have allegedly transported the high-grade marijuana from California 10 pounds at a time, with a street value of $30,000 each trip, at least three times since the beginning of this year.

Several agencies participated in uncovering the multi-state distribution operation, including the Cloquet Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Carlton County Sheriff's Office.

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As of Wednesday, Jackson and Poverud both remained in custody with bail set at $20,000 each. Dianoski and Mabrier were also in custody with bail set at $25,000 each. Tyrel Little, whose bail was set at $30,000, had posted the $3,000 cash option and was released, and Michael Little, whose bail was set at $10,000, had posted the $1,000 cash option and had also been released. Charges against Lori Little were being served by mail.

The next court appearance for the defendants is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6.

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