MLPD makes drug arrests
According to complaints from the Moose Lake Police Department, a Moose Lake police officer applied for and received a search warrant to search the premises of Shane Alan Maloney, 26, in Moose Lake on March 18. Deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office assisted Moose Lake police officers in executing the search warrant. While at the residence the officers came into contact with Maloney, his girlfriend and the girlfriend’s three young children.
The officers and deputies found numerous items of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of a white crystal substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Maloney was arrested and transported to the law enforcement center where he was interviewed by investigators. All of the items that were seized were taken into custody to be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for official weight and analysis.
Maloney was charged with one count of Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five year and/or $10,000 for a first violation; not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or $20,000 for a second or subsequent violation.
On April 11, deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and Moose Lake police officers responded after receiving information that several suspects were traveling from Sandstone to Moose Lake to sell methadone.
The officers and deputies set up several positions to intercept the suspects while they were on their way to conduct the alleged drug transaction. An officer saw the suspects as they were traveling into the city and followed them as they drove to an apartment building in Moose Lake.
The officers performed further investigation and soon had a canine trained in detecting controlled substances perform a field sniff around the suspect vehicle. The canine did alert on the vehicle and a search commenced. Officers found a large volume of methadone located within the motor vehicle, as well as many needles and other drug paraphernalia used for ingesting methadone, and also a 40 caliber pistol in the glove box.
During subsequent investigation and conversation with Roger Peterson Jr., 26, and Tasha Lee Hyke, 24, the deputies and officers learned the couple traveled from their home in Sandstone to Moose Lake to sell the methadone on a regular basis.
The officers also learned Hyke had purchased the 40 caliber handgun several weeks prior to the transaction and that Peterson had brought the handgun with them that day and had placed the handgun in the glove box to use as protection while the drug transaction commenced.
The officers learned Peterson was about to sell an amount of methadone to a female resident of the apartment building, who was standing outside of the apartment building when the officers and deputies arrived. The transaction had not occurred when the officers and deputies converged on the location. Peterson and Hyke had made a substantial step toward completing the sale of the methadone to the intended recipient.
The state contends that the handgun had a sufficient nexus to the drugs and was brought by Peterson and Hyke to provide protection while they were engaged in the selling of drugs and did pose a substantial threat of violence to the general public.
Peterson was charged with three counts: Controlled Substance Crime in the Third Degree – Attempted Sale While in the Vicinity of a Firearm; Controlled Substance Crime in the Fourth Degree – Attempted Sale While in the Vicinity of a Firearm; and Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree in the Vicinity of a Firearm.
All counts carry maximum sentences of not less than three years or more than 20 years and substantial fines.
Hyke was charged with two counts of Controlled Substance Crime in the Fourth Degree – Attempted Sale while in the Vicinity of a Firearm, and Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree in the Vicinity of a Firearm with the same maximum sentences.