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Federal agents have over 65 people in custody in a statewide heroin bust. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says the raids were done by federal and state authorities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester and also netted 250-thousand dollars in cash. The arrests were the culmination of the first coordinated federal and state busts targeting Mexican drug cartels since traffickers set up shop in the state roughly four years ago. DEA special agent Jack Riley called it a "great day for the good guys in Minnesota" and added they "punched organized crime in the face."

Minnesota State University-Mankato football players are expected on the practice field today for the first time since the school rehired coach Todd Hoffner. Players met with Hoffner and former interim coach Aaron Keen yesterday and agreed to end their protest. Junior Sam Thompson said they refused to take the field on Wednesday as a show of support for Keen and to call for better communication with the university. Hoffner was removed from the team in 2012 during a child porn investigation which was eventually dismissed by a judge. He was ultimately fired from the school last year. An arbitrator ruled this week he was dismissed without cause and ordered the school to either hire him back or pay a settlement.

A man wanted for kidnapping two people, taking them to a St. Paul house and demanding 30 pounds of meth as ransom is in custody in Los Angeles. KABC-TV reports Jesus Ramirez was arrested in North Hollywood Thursday evening. The 31-year-old is facing four kidnapping charges and one robbery county in Ramsey County. The two victims were beaten earlier this week, and one nearly had a finger cut off.

 

 

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