Apple Valley police stumble upon largest heroin bust in Dakota County history

Categories: Crime, Drugs
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Warren Comeaux was in the wrong place at the wrong time and is $140,000 poorer as a result, not to mention the felony charges he faces.
Last spring, law enforcement officials in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey counties went public with concerns about a dramatic uptick in heroin use in the Twin Cities. It turns out a good portion of the metro area's supply may have been riding around in the car Apple Valley police found Warren Comeaux in last Friday.

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Comeaux, a 48-year-old Brooklyn Park resident, was arrested and charged with felony counts of first-degree drug possession and sale after the car he was sitting in was found to contain more than twice as much heroin as Dakota County officials have ever seized in an entire year.

Police were responding to an unrelated report of a domestic disturbance just after midnight last Friday when they came across a car parked in front of an apartment building. They saw a man -- later identified as Comeaux -- who "appeared to be digging in the vehicle," a criminal complaint says.

Officers became concerned Comeaux was digging for a weapon and ordered him out of the vehicle. He raised suspicions further by unsuccessfully trying to run away during a pat-down.

The Pioneer Press details what happened next:
While searching the car for a weapon, officers noticed a vent on the dashboard sticking out farther than normal. Inside were the drugs -- about 2.6 pounds -- wrapped in electrical tape, the complaint said.

Sgt. Dan Bianconi, head of the Dakota County Drug Task Force, said that much heroin is easily worth $100,000 or more.

Bianconi called the find "the largest seizure of heroin that I think I've ever seen."
"To keep the large quantity of this seizure in perspective, we have never seized more than 500 grams of heroin in an entire year in Dakota County. This seizure alone is over twice that amount," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a news release.

"Heroin use and abuse has been increasing for several years in Minnesota," Backstrom continued. "This is a significant threat to public safety and the health and welfare of those abusing this extremely dangerous and addictive drug."

Comeaux's attorney, Frederick Goetz, told the PiPress his client's arrest was "strictly wrong place, wrong time," adding that Comeaux doesn't own the car officers found him in and that "it's not his dope."

Comeaux is free on $60,000 bail and isn't due back in court until July 1. He's already served 15 years in prison thanks to a previous federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The flukey chain of events culminating in Dakota County's largest-ever heroin bust goes to show that good police work, like anything else, sometimes involves simply getting lucky -- or in Comeaux's case, extremely unlucky.


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14 comments
thevinend
thevinend

Out on $60,000? Bail! $6 GRAND AND BACK TO MAKING THIS AMNT BEFORE NOON....sorry caps

bobapplebee
bobapplebee

I bet he regrets cutting that stuff from .5lbs to 2.6lbs for the AV trash before putting it in the dash.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

Top 10 worse suburbs in America to live in. -FruSA Today

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

Well...life is gonna suck for awhile... j/k It will probably suck for someone though lol

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Kathie, I understand crime happens EVERYWHERE! Thank you Captain Obvious. Again, let me reiterate, HEROIN in Brooklyn Park, NOT SURPRISED. Your little Facebook Kumbaya attempt is in vain.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Legalize pot and you will put people like this out of business.  Illegal marijuana trafficking make up a majority of criminal gangs profits.  Remove that and the gangs will have less money and people to commit crime.  The police will have more time and greater resources to stop trafficking of more destructive drugs.  The revenue raised from legal marijuana sales could fund our schools, infrastructure, healthcare, and drug rehab to limit demand for drugs like heroin.  Pot is better for individuals and society than alcohol.  If Minnesota was ahead of the curve in legalizing marijuana our state would make so much money from tourism and growing.  The cracks in the wall have started.  2 states voted to legalize.  The majority of Americans want this.  The youth wants this.  Only corrupt politicians and fear mongering keep us from this freedom.     

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

it doesn't matter where you live crime happens, Eric. I hear it all the time on the scanner about St. Paul. FYI after the tornado in North Mpls a few yrs ago, a lot of land lords didn't have insurance and became worse "slum lords" diplaced people moved to Brooklyn Park, we might not like it but it is what it is, and NOT all people living in the BP -BC area are bad, just like North Mpls DOES have nice caring people living there,

thevinend
thevinend

"his client's arrest was "strictly wrong place, wrong time," adding that Comeaux doesn't own the car officers found him in and that "it's not his dope."
In his defense this sound plausible. He was reported going through a vehicle. The drugs he suspected in vehicle, searching and caught.

keny1
keny1

@Tom Fru And we all know the reason for that.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Kathie Carlson st paul is the shittiest place around

thevinend
thevinend

@Tommy Fru Read again-he out

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