Task force makes drug, weapons arrests
On May 24 the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force conducted a search warrant at the address of 32502 Cty Rd 1, Le Sauk Township, Stearns County.
The search warrant was based on information that a party was hiding at this residence and had outstanding Dept. of Correction warrants for second degree assault. The party was also identified as being armed with a loaded handgun and would be a felon in possession. Further information was received that controlled substances were being actively sold out of the residence, specifically methamphetamine.
Due to the violent history and nature of the suspect the Stearns-Benton County Sheriff SWAT team executed the warrant. The suspect, identified as Lazaro Diaz, 36, no permanent address, fled out a back door as the SWAT team made entry into the residence.
After a brief foot chase, a tazer was deployed and Diaz was taken into custody on his warrants. He was later transported to the Stearns County Jail where he was booked.
At the time of the search warrant, several other people were also present including the homeowner, identified as Ted Thomas, 46, of Sartell. Thomas was arrested for harboring a fugitive and transported to the Stearns County Jail for booking.
A third party was discovered to have an outstanding Kandiyohi County warrant for felony drugs and was taken into custody. This party was identified as Yolanda-Maria Radzhabov, 27, of Sartell. She was transported to the Stearns County Jail and booked for her warrants.
During the search approximately one ounce of suspected methamphetamine, two long guns and a handgun were located in the area that Diaz had been in. Additional charges are expected against Diaz upon review by the county attorney.
During the search warrant Cty Rd 1 was closed to traffic at the Heims Mill Bridge and the roundabout located at Cty Rd 1 and 120. Traffic was allowed to pass once the scene was secure and there was no danger to the public.
The task force was assisted by the St. Cloud Police Dept. SWAT team and the Stearns County Sheriff Patrol division.
The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of officers from the cities of Sauk Rapids, Little Falls and St. Cloud, and deputies from Stearns, Benton, Todd, Sherburne and Morrison counties.