Three officers were assigned to spend four months focusing on marijuana dealing in affluent suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul. They ended up seizing an estimated $900,000 worth of methamphetamine, mushrooms, cocaine, Ecstasy, marijuana and other drugs, as well as 19 guns, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says. “This area is not a hotbed of drug activity,” said Minneapolis chief prosecutor Amy Klobuchar. “This points that the drug problem is not an urban, suburban or rural problem. It’s all over.”
“Each tablet of Ecstasy could get somebody high for eight hours,” said a suburban police chief. “As a parent, I’m scared this stuff is on the street.” The cities involved are mostly small, ranging in population from 600 to 7,500. Almost one quarter of the households in one suburb involved earn $200,000 or more.
One unusual seizure was of chocolate chip cookies baked with marijuana. “I was absolutely shocked at the amount of drugs the officers were able to find,” said Karen Orcutt, assistant superintendent of the Orono School District.