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Wildwood man charged after authorities found at least 400 pounds of methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS – A man from Wildwood, Missouri has been caught with at least 400 pounds of methamphetamine, federal charging documents allege.

Kolby L. Kristiansen, 68, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Charging documents say that investigators located a storage unit in St. Louis County that was being used by Kristiansen to store methamphetamine. On June 29, a drug-sniffing K9 alerted to Kristiansen’s storage unit, and on July 1, investigators executed a federal search warrant there, finding three plastic containers containing suspected methamphetamine. The containers, including packaging materials, weighed 476 pounds, charging documents allege.

“Methamphetamine has a street value of about $2,500 to $3,500 per pound at the mid-level drug distribution level where this drug was seized,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Davis, head of DEA’s St. Louis Division. “That makes this seizure valued at more than $1 million, the largest meth seizure in this division’s history. It’s a testament to the dedicated effort of our agents at stopping this poison from reaching our communities.”

Kristiansen was recently released from federal prison after being found guilty of similar charges stemming from a 2014 case.

Charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.

Methamphetamine seized from a St. Louis County storage unit on July 1.
Photo courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Three containers containing suspected methamphetamine and packaging materials and totaling 476 pounds were found in a St. Louis County storage unit on July.

 

Updated July 13, 2022

Topic
Drug Trafficking