South Central Drug Investigation Unit
The South Central Drug Investigation Unit (SCDIU) serves the four counties of Steele, Freeborn, Waseca, and Faribault encompassing approximately 2287 square miles and 103,000 residents. The major cities in these counties are Owatonna, Albert Lea, Waseca, and Blue Earth. Interstates 35 and 90 bisect three of the four counties and State Highway 14 bisects two counties, with State Highways 218, 22, 30, and 56 within close proximity. We have identified these roadways as narcotics courier routes leading to our major and rural cities through investigations and interdictions conducted within our jurisdictions. Our task force area is located mid-point between the cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mankato, and Rochester, which makes it an attractive location for narcotics couriers to utilize as a drop-off, distribution, or meeting location. The use and distribution of illegal narcotics affects every social and economic stratum within our communities.