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Sturgeon Lake resident arrested after pipe bomb found on property

 


After an investigation, Christopher Roberts, 31, of Sturgeon Lake, and Clarissa Lind, 24, of Cloquet, were arrested and face felony charges in Pine County.

According to the complaint:

On May 23, Pine County officers conducted a search in Roberts’ Sturgeon Lake residence. The warrant was related to a suspect known to be staying there and the officers were searching for stolen property.

Upon their investigation, Roberts and Lind were found in a bedroom, where officers observed a white crystal substance on a dresser, which NIK-tested positive for methamphetamine. Roberts stated to the officer he would take responsibility for the meth.

The officer continued to search the bedroom and found more methamphetamine in the dresser, weighing 2.7 grams. Lind then stated she would also take responsibility for the meth.

In a living area off the bedroom, an officer found a snort tube and a hypodermic needle “loaded with eight units of a blue liquid believed to be methamphetamine,” the complaint stated.

While investigating the property, a deputy discovered a large, sealed plastic bag. Inside it, he found what was believed to be a pipe bomb. Roberts confirmed it was a pipe bomb and believed it had black powder inside. The Crow Wing County bomb squad was contacted, and they came to the scene.

They X-rayed the device and learned “the item is capable of having deadly consequences if detonated with a fuse and is a significant item of destruction.”

Roberts and Lind were arrested.

Roberts faces two felony charges. The first, fifth degree possession of a controlled substance, which can result in up to five years and/or $10,000. His second charge is for possession of an explosive device after having previously been convicted of a crime of violence. In 2016, Roberts was convicted of burglary in the second degree. This charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

Lind is being charged with one felony count for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance; a maximum sentence is up to five years with the option of a $10,000 fine.

 

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