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Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler points to a stack of court files from that day, noting that nearly every file is drug-related. “I can’t look at a burglary and say this is a drug case,” Pertler said, “but people are telling me, the reason the garage was burgled was because the person was trying to fuel a drug habit. The reason I stole my grandma’s check or my neighbor’s shotgun was to pawn for money to buy drugs.” Jana Peterson/Pine Journal

Cops, courts fight continual, changing WAR ON DRUGS

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PART ONE

After the body of a missing Floodwood woman was unearthed near a home on Cloquet’s Reservation Road in October 2012, the drug dealer who killed her said he hit her in the head with a hammer, then strangled her. Why? Because he was angry and snapped when he found some of his drugs were missing. After he killed her, Michael Siewert took her car and traded it for 2 ounces of methamphetamine.

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