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

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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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