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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Independence Party becomes first major party to support legalization of marijuana

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Of his mustache, Denney, a self-described "liberty-lover," says: "As a third-party candidate you can't be afraid to pull out all the stops... I'm glad I have your attention, because I have important things to say."
Minnesota is indeed home to one major party that supports the legalization of pot, but it isn't the Republicans or Democrats.

It's the Independence Party, which is one of just three parties in Minnesota with "major" status, attained when at least one of a party's candidates for statewide office wins 5 percent of the vote for four consecutive elections.

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Feds to keep $138,121 in cash seized at MSP because it smelled like pot

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You don't actually have to have ganja on you to get in pot-related trouble at MSP, it turns out.
A default judgment filed in Minnesota's U.S. District Court on May 28 by Judge Michael Davis allows the federal government to keep a whole bunch of cash originally seized at MSP Airport merely because it smelled like pot.

But the feds don't keep to keep the $138,121 because it smelled like pot. Instead, the legal rationale hinges on the fact that "Robert L. Casteel and all unknown persons and entities... have failed to file a verified claim to the defendant currency," the judgement in United States of America v. $138,121.00 in U.S. Currency says.

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Woodbury teen Tara Fitzgerald's overdose death leads to five murder charges

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Cole Matenaer (right) is one of five teens facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Fitzgerald (left).
Five teenagers -- including three minors -- face third-degree murder charges in connection with the synthetic drug overdose death of 17-year-old Woodbury resident Tara Fitzgerald.

All five were allegedly involved in the drug dealing chain that resulted in Fitzgerald and a friend of hers ingesting a substance they believed to be LSD while they were hanging out at Fitzgerald's house around midnight on January 11.

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Alleged U of M meth cook's "friend" has a mugshot for the ages [PHOTO]

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John Peter McMahon, aka Matthew Krause's "friend."
:::: UPDATE (9:45 a.m.) :::: McMahon is back in Ramsey County Jail this morning. He was arrested around 6:15 p.m. yesterday on suspicion of violating a domestic abuse no contact order. His latest mugshot and information about the circumstances of his arrest are at the bottom of this post.

Former University of Minnesota researcher Matthew Krause was busted in the act of cooking meth last Friday in St. Paul's Minikahda Storage facility after his "friend" tipped off police. The friend said Krause was selling tools he'd stolen from him and toting a shotgun. (Read the full backstory here.)

But the criminal complaint suggests there's more to the story than that black-and-white narrative. It notes the friend "was evasive and vague when responding to questions," and indicates he was actually arrested along with Krause -- "JM [the friend] was advised of his constitutional rights and agreed to speak to police," the complaint says.

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Former U of M researcher Matthew Krause allegedly cooked meth on campus [MUGSHOT]

Categories: Crime, Drugs, U of M
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Krause's mugshot
:::: UPDATE :::: Alleged U of M meth cook's "friend" has a mugshot for the ages [PHOTO]

Former University of Minnesota research assistant Matthew Krause faces a first-degree methamphetamine manufacturing charge after police caught him cooking up a batch last Friday in the Minikahda Storage facility at 1441 Hunting Valley Road in St. Paul.

Krause, 30, could face more charges, as the U of M tells us it's investigating an allegation that Krause cooked meth on campus.

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House unanimously approves Rep. Schoen's bill granting immunity for drug OD reporters

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Rep. Dan Schoen
Today, in a rare unanimous vote, the House approved Rep. Dan Schoen's bill granting immunity from prosecution to those who report drug overdoses.

The legislation is meant to prevent tragedies like one that unfolded recently in Mankato, where 17-year-old Chloe Moses died after overdosing on synthetic drugs. Though Moses was in distress, her boyfriend and another person who was hanging out didn't call 911. Paramedics weren't called to the scene until Moses's mother came out from work and found her having a seizure. She was pulled off life support three days later.

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Mankato's Tyler Caputo charged with murder for allegedly selling synthetic hallucinogen

Categories: Crime, Drugs, Law
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Mankato Department of Public Safety
Caputo (left) allegedly sold 2C in crown baggies like the one at right.
Tyler Caputo, a 21-year-old Mankato resident, allegedly sold a synthetic hallucinogen called 2C to buyers who would drop by his place. Dealt from one person to the next, drugs from his batch ultimately ended up in the hands of 22-year-old Louis Folson-Hart and 17-year-old Chloe Moses, both of whom died early last month after allegedly ingesting one of Caputo's pills.

Toxicology reports released this week linked both deaths to the 2C, so Caputo, who was already facing drug charges, now faces two counts of third-degree murder as well.

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Meth lab found in nice southwest Minneapolis neighborhood

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Gonser (left) and Johnson
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.

When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who was wanted for two felony counts of drug possession and another count of gross misdemeanor theft, their eyes began to itch and burn. The scent of chemicals wafted in the air.

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DRE scandal: Ruling opens door to finding out where cops got their pot

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The DRE scandal resulted in no criminal charges, but some of the program's subjects are seeking substantial civil compensation.
A federal judge has green-lighted a lawsuit brought by Occupy protesters against law enforcement agencies that allegedly gave them pot as part of officers' Drug Recognition Expert training.

The ruling means the case is headed toward a trial that could reveal where officers got the pot they allegedly doled out to protesters in exchange for their participation in the controversial program, which was the subject of a five-part City Pages series.

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