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Cloquet man caught bringing heroin into jail

A Cloquet man faces charges after authorities discovered he had heroin in his possession when being booked into the Carlton County Jail.

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Stephen James Smith, 21, has been charged with one felony count of third-degree possession of heroin and one gross misdemeanor count of introducing contraband (drugs) into a jail or prison facility.

According the to the criminal complaint filed in the case, on March 4 at approximately 2 p.m., two Cloquet police detectives were traveling southbound on I-35 in Carlton County when they observed a vehicle pass them at a high rate of speed, which they reported was “clearly in excess of the 70-mile-per-hour limit.”

The detectives performed a traffic stop and found the car was being driven by a man later identified as Smith. When they checked Smith’s driver’s license, they learned it had been revoked and that Smith had a warrant out for his arrest in St. Louis County.

Smith was then taken into custody and pat-searched prior to being transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center. At the time of the search, detectives found a pocket knife but no additional drugs.

Shortly after the detectives left the law enforcement center, they were contacted by jail staff, who told them that during the booking process they had found some controlled substances on Smith which were packaged in aluminum foil containing smaller bindles of what appeared to be heroin.

The detectives returned to the law enforcement center, where they took custody of the controlled substances, which later tested positive for heroin. The gross field weight of the drug was six grams, but detectives said taking into account the packaging material, the heroin itself was in excess of 3 grams. The drug items were then sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to determine the official weight and analysis of the substance.

Smith was officially charged in Carlton County Court last Thursday. Judge Dale Wolf set bail at $1,500. Smith was set for an initial court appearance Wednesday, as this issue of the Pine Journal went to press.