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Independence brothers charged in 200-pound pot bust
Feb. 23, 2015

By Gabe Licht

PLYMOUTH, MN – Two brothers with ties to Independence were charged Feb. 18 with receiving about 200 pounds of “high grade” marijuana with a street value of about $750,000.

William Ian Anderson, 27, and Ian Loren Anderson, 23, are charged with felony first-degree intent to sell and second-degree possession. A release from the Plymouth Police Department identified them as being from Independence, but they also have separate addresses in Chico, CA listed.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations contacted the Plymouth Police Department Feb. 15 regarding a report from a confidential informant that a pickup truck would be making a large delivery of marijuana from California to Plymouth

According to a criminal complaint, officers learned Ian Anderson would be taking custody of the pickup truck and marijuana in Plymouth. The confidential informant reportedly identified William Anderson as the individual he had made arrangements with in California and also indicated he had provided similar services for the brothers in the past.

Officers set up a controlled delivery of the suspected marijuana Feb. 16 and conducted surveillance at the meeting point. Officers observed an individual believed to be Ian Anderson take custody of the pickup truck from the confidential informant. Officers maintained surveillance on the pickup truck and watched as it met an SUV parked at a nearby location, where the brothers reportedly transferred duffle bags containing marijuana into the SUV.

As the brothers drove along Interstate 394, they were stopped and arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, William Anderson was previously convicted of a felony-level controlled substance crime.

He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Ian Anderson remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Both are scheduled to be in court for omnibus hearings Thursday, March 26.

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