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Local man jailed for firearms, drugs

 

September 14, 2017

Brian Vandenest

Brian Joseph Vandenest, 55, of Moose Lake was arrested on September 8 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of felon in possession of ammunition or a firearm and possession of a silencer.

According to the complaint, Vandenest was convicted of felony fifth degree controlled substance in Watonwon County on May 15, 2013, and placed on probation for a period of five years. He is currently on probation and supervised by Arrowhead Regional Corrections, Carlton County. He is prohibited from possessing firearms.

On September 8, officers from the Moose Lake Police Department, along with supporting officers from other agencies, executed a search warrant at Vandenest's residence in Moose Lake.

The officers approached the residence, which included a detached garage. As the officers approached, they observed Vandenest in the garage and observed firearms in plain view. The officers identified themselves and Vendernest fled out the back of the garage, where he was arrested.

The officers searched the garage and the residence and later searched vehicles located at the residence. The officers located approximately 33 firearms in the garage. In the residence, the officers located approximately six more firearms as well as suppressors, suppressor parts, .5 grams of field tested positive methamphetamine and various ammunition.

Vandenest was charged with possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine; two counts of felon in possession of ammunition or a firearm, felonies, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and/or a $30,000 fine; and sell or possess silencer/suppressor, a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.

 

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