Drug arrest made in New Prague

Wade Young, Montgomery Messenger

A Montgomery man, Edgar Gerardo Arguedas-Medina, was arrested in New Prague Thursday, April 20, during a narcotics investigation after he sold cocaine and accepted money from an undercover officer for future drug shipments .

According to Le Sueur County Sheriff David Gliszinski, Arguedas-Medina sold an undercover officer 378 grams (13 ounces) of cocaine and accepted money under the promise of future cocaine shipments smuggled into the U.S. from Costa Rica.

Arguedas-Medina told the undercover officer that he had smuggled the cocaine into the U.S. from Costa Rica. He added that he had also shipped large amounts of cocaine to Italy, Germany and other places in the U.S.

On Thursday, Arguedas-Medina accepted $10,000 from the officer for more than six pounds of cocaine that he said he could smuggle into the U.S. with the assistance of a cruise ship employee. Gliszinski declined to give the cruise ship name.

Gliszinski said that officers believed Arguedas-Medina, who had been living at 119 4th St. S.E. in Montgomery, had been involved in drug trafficking for three to four years.

“He was a major player from the area, and I’m glad to get him off the street,” Gliszinski said.

Officers seized paperwork, a computer, money and other documents indicating travel and drug sales, after executing a search warrant at Arguedas-Medina’s residence in Montgomery later on Thursday.

Arguedas-Medina was charged with 1st degree sale of a controlled substance and the charges don’t end there, Gliszinski added. Because he accepted the $10,000 and promised additional shipments of the drug, he said Arguedas-Medina could also face conspiracy charges, as well as federal charges.

“There are more charges coming,” Gliszinski said. “He could possibly face federal charges. We have federal attorneys in Minneapolis looking into this as well.”

Gliszinski said his office learned of Arguedas-Medina’s drug sales through a lengthy narcotics investigation. He said other people are involved, but Arguedas-Medina was the only person arrested so far.

“The investigation is continuing,” Gliszinski said.

Arguedas-Medina is currently being held in the Le Sueur County jail. Bail has been set at $200,000 cash or a $2 million bond.

The investigation was conducted by the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and the New Prague Police Department.

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