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Tow truck operator sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking conspiracy

CBS Minnesota 12/3/2022 WCCO Staff

MINNEAPOLIS -- A northern Minnesota man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

Trent Holden, 52, of Solway, pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Police say they found one pound of meth, over $30,000 and a firearm in a tow truck being operated by Holden during a February 2020 traffic stop in Park Rapids.

After being released from custody, Holden returned to Bemidji a month later and was stopped again, where officers say they recovered five pounds of meth, 21 MDMA pills, a firearm, a box of ammunition and a little over $4,000 in cash from his vehicle.

In September 2021, court documents say officers searched a tow truck carrying a Dodge Neon operated by Holden. Officers searched the vehicles and found nearly three pounds of meth and $4,000 in cash.

Holden is sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

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