Task Force Seizes Guns, Drugs, and Nearly 100k From Virginia MN Man

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Sheriff's Office • 100 North Fifth Avenue West • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2340 • www.stlouiscountymn.gov

Ross Litman

Date: 10/21/2022

Release Authority: Sgt. Warren Johnson

Task Force Seizes Guns, Drugs, and Nearly 100k in Virginia, MN.

On 10/18/2022, The Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Force (LSVOTF) executed a search warrant at the residence of 22-year-old TYLER ALLAN LAWRENCE, located on the 100 block of 7th St. S. in Virginia, MN. The search warrant came following an investigation that was initiated by the LSVOTF and conducted in coordination and consultation with Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC) and the United States Postal Inspectors Office.

LAWRENCE was on probation at the time of the incident, after receiving a stay of adjudication for a 2nd degree assault and 5th degree possession charge in February of 2022. The search conducted at LAWRENCES’ apartment on Tuesday revealed that LAWRENCE was currently in possession of a large amount of cash, illicit drugs, firearms, and other evidence indicating that LAWRENCE was actively engaged in selling a substantial amount of controlled substances from his residence.

Approximately $92,292 in US currency was seized pursuant to the search warrant, along with two firearms. Drugs seized include approximately 26 lbs of marijuana, 3.5 lbs of psilocybin mushrooms, 12 grams of suspected heroin, 79 assorted ecstasy pills, 23 LSD doses, as well as several other controlled substance pills, digital scales, and other distribution related items.

LAWRENCE was arrested for violation of probation, and a request for new charges including 1st and 2nd degree sales of controlled substances have been forwarded to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.

The LSVOTF would like to thank the Gilbert Police Department, Virginia Police Department, and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation as well. This seizure was the direct result of multiple agencies sharing information to make a proactive impact on crime. The LSVOTF continues to build relationships and improve coordination among its criminal justice and law enforcement partners on the Iron Range in order to track down and apprehend individuals who continually engage in dangerous illegal activity and attempt to profit from distributing illicit and toxic substances into our communities.