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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Teenager charged with murder following friend's synthetic drug overdose


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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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Contradicting published reports, Mark Dayton now denies telling moms to buy pot off street


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New study undercuts law enforcement claims about medical marijuana

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The presence of dispensaries doesn't correlate with increased crime, including robberies, the study finds.
One of the main reasons Gov. Mark Dayton doesn't support medical marijuana is because law enforcement is opposed to it. For example, last fall, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek wrote an op-ed arguing "there is a direct connection between marijuana and violent crime."

That argument strikes pot users as strange -- sure, ganja might foster aggression toward snack foods, but have you ever met a violent stoner?

A new study from researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas not only supports the intuition that pot doesn't make people violent, but goes a step further and suggests medical marijuana might actually lead to more law and order.

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Barack Obama disagrees with Sheriff Stanek about the dangers of pot


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Alleged St. Paul pot dealer charged with attempted murder for shooting cop

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Cory Anthony Lee
Cory Lee's neighbor says he's a pot dealer who was robbed by two guys who showed up at his residence a few weeks ago. Lee subsequently told the neighbor he'd gotten "up" on the robbers, meaning he retaliated against them.

A criminal complaint filed today against Lee doesn't indicate exactly what his retaliation involved, but last Friday police kicked down his door at 615 E. Maryland Ave. in St. Paul because he was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place three days earlier. When they did, Lee allegedly opened fire, shooting a cop in the chest.

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-- Pot deal gone wrong leads to St. Paul's first homicide of year


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Mankato police make arrests in connection with two synthetic drug-related deaths

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Mankato Department of Public Safety
These packages were found at the scene of two recent apparent overdoses in Mankato.
-- Updated with suspect mugshots at bottom --

On March 5, 22-year-old Mankato resident Louis Folson-Hart suddenly fell ill and was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Just three days later and a short distance away, 17-year-old Chloe Moses was taken to the hospital while having a seizure. She also later passed away.

RELATED: Adam Budge, 18, charged with murder following friend's synthetic drug overdose

At each residence, officers recovered a blue baggie adorned with crowns. The Mankato Public Safety Center later sent out a release that said, "Investigators believe that these baggies may have contained a substance in a pill or powder form, possibly synthetic LSD or synthetic cocaine, commonly called '2-C.'"

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Rep. Carly Melin pauses medical pot push as law enforcement buzzkills bill

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Melin says the only way forward is for Governor Dayton to change his anti-pot position.
:::: UPDATE :::: Melin says it's up to voters to get medical marijuana bill back on track

Legislators appear ready to approve a medical marijuana bill this session. All along, however, the worry has been that Gov. Mark Dayton won't sign it unless law enforcement officials express their support as well.

RELATED: Melin questions cops on the economic interests of opposing pot

While there have been indications lately that law enforcement is mellowing its stance toward medical pot, cops coming onboard the legislative effort has always been an unlikely prospect. And this morning, the legislator who introduced the bill in the House, Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, announced that since law enforcement apparently won't compromise whatsoever, she's postponing the next committee hearing on the bill, which was scheduled for today.

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Minnesota Daily runs photo of students snorting Molly in dorms

Categories: Drugs, Media, U of M
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All photos courtesy of the Minnesota Daily and taken by photographer Lisa Persson
Perhaps the most shocking thing about this photo isn't that this college student is preparing to snort Molly, but rather that she has a $100 bill in her possession.
The Minnesota Daily recently ran a slideshow featuring photos of $100-dollar-bill-rolling students snoring Molly, grinding pot, and pouring shots, among other mood-altering shenanigans.

SEE ALSO: Two U of M students caught having sex inside the Bell Museum

No, they didn't dispatch a photog to a rave. In fact, it was just another Friday night in the dorms.

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Mpls resident Roberto Ortiz arrested with $1.75 million of meth in his SUV [PHOTO]

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Roberto Ortiz
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, Roberto Ortiz, a 22-year-old Minneapolis resident, was pulled over in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights after an officer observed him commit unspecified traffic violations.

SEE ALSO: St. Cloud police show off 44 pounds of pot they seized yesterday [PHOTO]

Ortiz consented to let an officer search his 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. Inside, allegedly, was 25 pounds of crystal meth, with a street value of a whopping $1.75 million.

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Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot

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Image by Tatiana Craine
Searches for flights from MSP to Denver are up more than searches from just about any other airport recently, and don't kid yourself into believing it's because of skiing or the Broncos.

SEE ALSO: Randi Kaye gets stoned on CNN [VIDEO]

Instead, the reason is legal weed, or at least that's the conclusion emerging from a study put together by the travel research website Hopper.

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