Over the past three weeks, Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force have been investigating a group of people from Mankato who have been distributing counterfeit 30mg Oxycodone pills that contain fentanyl, commonly referred to Mbox 30 pills. Agents conducted three controlled purchases of the fentanyl pills and conducted several hours of surveillance.
On 04/27/22 at approximately 0830 hours, twenty two law enforcement personnel executed search warrants on four separate mobile homes in the University Mobile Home Park in Mankato. The search warrants were executed simultaneously. Agents located and seized a total of 450 Mbox 30 pills, 8 grams of cocaine, two loaded handguns and several thousand dollars in US Currency. A 2 year old child was also placed into protective custody after agents found 33 Mbox pills in the master bedroom where the child was sleeping.
Four adults, all from Mankato, were arrested at the time of the warrants:
Geramy Durell Hopson, 35, Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Gary Don Mosley, 31, 2nd Degree Controlled Substance Sales, Third Degree Controlled Substance Possession, Possess Firearm in Proximity to Controlled Substances.
Keontae Quentrell Jones, 24, Third Degree Controlled Substance Sales, Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Possession, Child Endangerment.
Sean Michael Nelson, 33, Third Degree Controlled Substance Sales, Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Possession.
A female who was also sought as part of the investigation was located and arrested in Nicollet County at approximately 1400 hours;
Lisa Lynn Robel, 54, of rural St. Peter, Third Degree Controlled Substance Sales.
Bryan Gerald Mortensen, 34, of Mankato, Third Degree Controlled Substance Sales. He turned himself in to authorities.
“Today’s seizure of 450 dangerous Mbox 30 pills far exceeds MRVDTF seizure amounts of the pills from any prior year. So far in 2022, MRVDTF Agents have seized close to 1000 of the fentanyl pills in the Mankato area.”
The following agencies assisted the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force during the warrant executions:
Cannon River Drug and Violent Crime Task Force
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office
Mankato Department of Public Safety
Sibley County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit
Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit
Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit