Man arrested in raid to be released

Published 11:54 am Thursday, October 31, 2013

KIESTER — A Kiester man arrested Tuesday on weapons charges following a raid of his home was released Thursday from the Faribault County jail.

The two silencers they found in a raid of Michael Mixon’s home Tuesday night at 56661 20th St., southwest of Kiester, will be sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Mixon, 61, was arrested on a weapons charge. Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley said the results of the lab work will determine whether the weapons charge sticks. Meanwhile, law enforcement could not continue to keep him in custody.

Michael Mixon

Michael Mixon

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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were initially looking for a fully automatic AK-47 in the home of Mixon, said Gormley.

ATF agents and the South Central Drug Investigative Unit’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team executed a search warrant at about 7:15 p.m. The SWAT team includes members from Freeborn, Faribault, Steele and Waseca counties.

Mixon had no prior criminal history or any other known criminal contact with local law enforcement, the sheriff said. He did not fight his arrest and there were no injuries.

Gormley said he could not comment on what led to the search.

The sheriff said fully automatic weapons are legal if the owner obtains proper permitting through the ATF.

Look to the Tribune for information as the investigation develops.