Kristene Brooks, Entangled in $1 Million Meth Bust, Has Been Living Hard for a While

Olmsted County Sheriff
Kristene Brooks has yet to be charged in connection with the meth bust.

Kristene Brooks of West St. Paul has been living at a pace no one can possibly maintain.

According to public documents, the 25-year-old single mom, who was in Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas's vehicle last week along with almost 18 pounds of meth, has a history of courthouse woes that outstrip her biological years.

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Vladimir Brik, Alleged Synthetic Weed Dealer, Has History of Going Medieval

Duluth Police
Vladimir Brik of Duluth is one of men charged in a drug conspiracy.

Vladimir Vladimirovic Brik, 25, is a much better criminal than football player.

Last season, the wide receiver for the Great Lakes Wolfpack, a semi-pro team playing in the Northern States Football League, pulled down five passes in three games. Although he averaged an impressive 19 yards per catch, it's the Duluth resident's criminal stat line that really shows a young man who plays with passion.

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Taliban, Young N' Thuggin' Gangs Found Rich Drug Profits in Northern Minnesota

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Taliban, Young N' Thuggin' Gangs Found Rich Drug Profits in Northern Minnesota

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Addicts in places like St. Cloud had little choice but to pay inflated prices.

Starting around 2012, a pair of north Minneapolis gangs directed their capitalist ambitions northward to St. Cloud, Fargo, and Duluth. According to police, Taliban and Young N' Thuggin' (YNT) members were angling to cultivate new markets for crack and heroin.

What they found in areas a few hours north were unchallenged markets prime for the taking.

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Target's Line of "Up and Up" Herbal Supplements Were Not on the Up and Up

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Herbal supplements contain fake, filler ingredients more often than not
An investigation by the New York Attorney General found nearly 60 percent of Target's "Up and Up" brand herbal supplements didn't contain what the label said was being sold.

"Of 90 DNA tests run on 18 bottles of the herbal products purchased, DNA matched label identification 41% of the time," a report released yesterday reads. "Contaminants identified included allium, French bean, asparagus, pea, wild carrot and saw palmetto."

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Lonnie Johnson Accidentally Texted Drug Court Looking for Dope

Categories: Crime, Drugs

Winona County Sheriff
When looking for drugs, remember to double-check your texts

Accidentally texting the wrong person ranks right up there with the embarrassing reply-all and the late-night butt-dial as one of the great faux pas of the digital age.

Fortunately, the damage can usually be undone with a quick apology. Not so in Lonnie Johnson's case.

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Minnesota's Medical Marijuana Industry Launches New Pot Labs

Wikimedia, family photo courtesy of Jessica Hauser
Wyatt Hauser, 2, suffers from constant severe seizures. His parents plan to enroll him in Minnesota's medical marijuana program once dispensaries open in July.

The idea is to put pot in the pocket of every Minnesotan who is in pain. If all goes according to plan, the nation's 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana will start distributing cannabis pills and liquids to thousands of patients by mid-summer.

On Monday the state Department of Health charged two labs located in Cottage Grove and Otsego with producing Minnesota's entire supply of medical marijuana products. LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions are responsible for opening four distribution centers each by July 1. For a hookup, individuals need only a doctor's recommendation to register with the state's medical marijuana program.

It's an exciting time for local medical weed refugees, Minnesotan families who formerly had to travel out of state in search of humanitarian cannabis treatments. It's also a good sign -- let's face it -- for the unapologetic 420 libertarians looking to get high, but the win this round is chiefly for the cancer survivors, the AIDS patients, and the kids suffering from constant seizures.

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Anthony Simons and James Butchee Charged with 3rd-Degree Murder for Selling $40 Worth of Heroin

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Hennepin County Sheriff
James Marione Butchee was charged with third-degree murder yesterday for selling a $40 bag of heroin. A mugshot of Anthony Simons was not available.

Drug dealers beware: Selling even a small amount of heroin in Hennepin County can get you charged with murder.

Yesterday Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman held a press conference to trumpet third-degree murder charges brought against Anthony Allyn Simons and James Marione Butchee for selling a $40 bag of heroin that caused the death of a man in Maple Grove last summer. Simons and Butchee could spend up to 25 years in prison.

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Deondrae Atkins, Arrested for Not Much, Allegedly Had Cocaine in His Nether Region

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Deondrae Atkins mug via Ramsey County
A night of playing dice turned into possible prison time for Atkins thanks to a little over 1.5 grams of cocaine.
On August 25, Deondrae Atkins was hanging out, rolling dice for money on a sidewalk near the Dorthy Day Center in downtown St. Paul, when a St. Paul police officer monitoring closed circuit television noticed another man in the area rolling a "marijuana cigar."

The officer approached the group, and recognized one of the men gambling as Atkins, 25, who he knew from "past encounters," as a criminal complaint puts it.

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Dennis Carter, MSU-Mankato football star, allegedly shot man over marijuana debt

Dennis Carter
Dennis Carter, a standout wide receiver for MSU-Mankato, faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a longtime acquaintance in the head over a marijuana debt.

The incident occurred shortly before midnight on August 20 along a dirt road near the Renaissance Festival campgrounds in Scott County. The victim, later identified as 28-year-old Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim, says Carter shot him execution-style and only failed to kill him because his gun jammed. Carter, on the other hand, told investigators he accidentally shot Abdelhakim after wrestling his gun away from him during a struggle.

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Northern Minnesota "Spice" dealers charged $50 an ounce, charges say

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It's cheap for a reason.
An ounce of good weed will run you $300-$350 on the black market here in Minnesota. Believe it or not, it sounds like it'll cost you about the same on the legit market in Colorado after taxes are accounted for.

Looking for a cheaper high? You could try "Spice," a street name for synthetic cannabinoids, which according to a criminal complaint goes for as little as $50 an ounce in the rural Iron Range town of Taconite, Minnesota. But keep in mind there's some wisdom to the old cliché about getting what you pay for.

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