Lonnie Johnson Accidentally Texted Drug Court Looking for Dope

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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

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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

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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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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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