arrested in bar meth
By Chuck Sterling
A raid on a downtown bar and the arrest of the manager and three others on drug charges last week was the result of a two-year investigation, Police Chief Jeff Herr says. Annandale police and the Wright County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday night, Nov. 8, on Russell's Bar on Main Street and the four men charged, he said. They arrested manager Bryan Grega, 38; Kyle Greene, 35; Greg Luby, 47; and Bill McNellis Jr., 30, all of Annandale, on felony methamphetamine possession charges. "There was no indication of any lab or any kind of manufacturing," Herr said. Police have been building the case for two years, he said, based on citizen complaints and investigating activity at the bar. At one point in the probe, an undercover police officer purchased meth in the parking lot behind the bar, he said, which substantiated that there were drugs being passed in and out of the bar. "That was one integral part of this whole investigation." Frustrated Herr said he's heard from people who have provided information and who have become frustrated because police won't make immediate arrests. "I tell those people we need to investigate." Police need to base charges on evidence, not what you think, he said. "Patience is the key." Herr encouraged people to continue to report suspicious and illegal activity because drugs hurt the community. Police will take things one case at a time, he said, and some cases take two days, two weeks or two years. Russell's owner Judy Grega said the bar has been for sale because she's retiring, and the sale has nothing to do with the drug raid. "They are not related. Selling the bar has been in the works for a long time," she said, adding that she and her late husband, Tom, have been reputable business owners since the 1970s. An auction is scheduled Monday, Nov. 27.