2 men arrested after 46 guns, narcotics found in Maple Grove home

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), in conjunction with the Maple Grove Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 9000 block of Kirkwood Lane N. in Maple Grove.

VOTF investigators arrested two men and confiscated narcotics and 46 firearms.

Ted Otis
Ted Otis

Investigators arrested the homeowner, Ted Richard Otis, 50, of Maple Grove and a tenant, Beau Bradley Nicholson, 30.

According to the criminal complaint, “deputies had information that defendant [Ted Otis] was selling narcotics from the residence and had multiple firearms inside the residence.”

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Otis admitted to investigators that he used and sold methamphetamine from his home. Investigators recovered a quantity of methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia and 46 firearms.

The firearms were located throughout the house and a vehicle. Among the firearms confiscated: AK 7.62mm rifle, .22 caliber Derringer pistol and two cartridges of .22 caliber ammunition, .22 long rifle, .357 Magnum CT6 handgun, .380 caliber handgun with full magazine, Tec-DC9 9mm handgun with suppressor and six magazines, Three .22 caliber rifles, .410 caliber revolver and five cartridges and a 9mm handgun with three loaded magazines.

Officers also recovered surveillance cameras from the front of the house and a surveillance monitor from the living room, according to the criminal complaint.

Beau Nicholson
Beau Nicholson

Otis has been released from Hennepin County jail. He was formally charged with two felony counts of controlled substance crime, fifth degree possession while possessing a firearm.

Nicholson was charged with prohibited person in possession of a firearm, a felony. He also remains in custody at the Hennepin County jail.

VOTF consists of officers and deputies from the following agencies: the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Brooklyn Park Police, Brooklyn Center Police, Golden Valley Police, Richfield Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

— Compiled by Alicia Miller