Officers net nearly a dozen people in controlled substance sweepLocal law enforcement officers from Cloquet and the Minnesota State Patrol arrested approximately a dozen people over the weekend for drug crimes, Cloquet Detective Darrin Berg said Tuesday.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Local law enforcement officers from Cloquet and the Minnesota State Patrol arrested approximately a dozen people over the weekend for drug crimes, Cloquet Detective Darrin Berg said Tuesday.
“It’s part of an ongoing drug investigation we’ve been working on for a couple weeks,” he said. “Ultimately, we made a lot of arrests over the weekend.”
Officers also seized more than $5,500 in cash and four vehicles, mostly from people from the Cloquet area, Cloquet police said.
“This is part of our effort to implement intelligence-based policing,” said Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande. “If a small percentage of people are committing 70 percent or more of the crimes, we want to focus on them.”
“We want to throw a wrench into the system,” Berg added.
Law enforcement officials said they did not believe the drug arrests were part of an organized ring of crime, but that one arrest led to another and snowballed from there.
Those charged before the Pine Journal deadline this week include Eriberto Martinez Smith, Nicholas Edward Stein and Mark David Will, all of Cloquet.
Smith, 23, was charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree controlled substance possession after officers observed him as he purchased drugs near B&B Market in Cloquet Friday. Shortly after he left the parking lot, Smith was found during a traffic stop to have more than 50 grams of Lortabs, a prescription pain killer.
Also on Feb. 12, Stein, 21, was observed by officers as he entered a residence at Sahlman Court and was stopped by a Cloquet police officer after he drove away. The officer found 50 methadone pills Stein reportedly had just purchased. Detectives also discovered a large amount of cash, a felony amount of marijuana, morphine and Klonopin in Stein’s possession, along with hypodermic needles. Stein allegedly admitted in a statement to officers that he is a drug dealer who sells large amounts of controlled substances in the Cloquet area. Stein’s bond was set at $50,000 and he remains in Carlton County Jail.
Stein was charged Tuesday with one count of felony third-degree possession of methadone, three counts of felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana, morphine and Klonopin, respectively, and one count of possession of a hypodermic needle.
Mark David Will was also charged with one count of third-degree possession of 50 or more doses of narcotics. His bond was also set at $25,000 and he also posted it and was released.
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