A man living in Granite Falls and identified by law enforcement as "the main source of methamphetamine" in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota has been jailed and charged with first-degree felonies in Chippewa County District Court for drug sale and possession.

A man living in Granite Falls and identified by law enforcement as "the main source of methamphetamine" in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota has been jailed and charged with first-degree felonies in Chippewa County District Court for drug sale and possession.

According to the West Central Tribune authorities first detained Alejandro Mendez, 24, after a routine traffic stop June 22 turned up methamphetamine, a large amount of U.S. currency and a digital scale in a vehicle in which he was a passenger.
Authorities reviewed calls Mendez made from the Kandiyohi County Jail where Mendez was being detained the following day and it was there law enforcement picked up on code words indicating methamphetamine and his Granite Falls residence.

A search warrant was executed the same day, yielding six bags of meth totaling 1.75 pounds or 785.5 grams.

In jail interviews, it was reported that Mendez told investigators that he had moved to western Minnesota from Texas recently because of a friend whom he called Flako whom investigators recognized as  Jose Trevino, a 25-year-old Cottonwood man also arrested in a recent large drug bust.

Trevino had been arrested in May after CEE-VI Drug Task Force investigators found 295 grams of methamphetamine and $11,565 in cash, multiple firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, surveillance cameras, counter surveillance equipment, digital scales and drug packaging material in a home.

An individual told authorities that once Trevino was arrested in Cottonwood, a Mexico-based group for which Trevino works "sent Mendez to the area to fulfill distribution needs and clientele," according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint went on to say that it is believed Mendez received meth through the mail, though not at his residence, and uses friends to transport him around to conduct deals.

Mendez is facing two first-degree felony charges for drug sale and possession in Chippewa County District Court. He made his first court appearance Tuesday, July 5 and was granted a public defender.

No further hearings have been scheduled. He's currently being held in the Chippewa County Jail.