GRANTSBURG––Burnett County law enforcement agents executed a search warrant in Grantsburg at a home known for being a nuisance property.
Andrew A. Alden, 38, Grantsburg, has been charged with possession of meth and maintaining a drug trafficking place, both felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property (<$2,500.)
According to the police report, officers met and formed a plan for the search warrant Sept. 16 of 420 N. Pine Street in Grantsburg. The front door was partially open and officers kicked the door the rest of the way open. Alden was inside the home and was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a patrol vehicle.
The search warrant states police were looking for drugs, drug paraphernalia, drug ledgers, electronic devices and currency related to possession or sale of illegal drugs.
Alden told authorities there was “nothing in the house” and if they found anything in the house it belonged to his “ex-girlfriends.”
While searching the home, officers allegedly found a plastic baggie with a small amount of crystalized substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. There was also a cut straw allegedly found in the home with methamphetamine residue on it and a number of pipes “used to consume illegal drugs.”
Last year this home was the topic of many discussions. There were allegations of methamphetamine being used and even possibly made on the premise. Those allegations were made at Grantsburg Village Board meetings by neighbors of the property.
Concerned citizens put together a petition last year which gathered 135 signatures. They were hoping the board would support them in getting Alden evicted from his Grantsburg home. However, the board had no power to evict any home owner in the village.
Alden was charged with civil public nuisance last year and in Nov. pleaded no contest to the charge and was fined $114.50.
Alden is scheduled to be back in court for his preliminary hearing Dec. 9 in front of Judge Melissia Mogen.