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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLPD makes drug arrests


According to a Moose Lake Police Department complaint, an officer for the department, in conjunction with deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, pulled over a stretch limousine traveling northbound on Interstate 35 in Carlton County on Friday, December 12 at approximately 2 a.m., after receiving information there was a large amount of drugs being transported from the Twin Cities metro area to Duluth.

The officers received permission from the driver to search the limousine.

In speaking to the passengers in the limo, the complaint states they detected a strong odor of marijuana. The officers could also see a large bulge in the boot of one of the passengers, later identified as Nikiawonda Lavette Lities Johnson, 20, of Duluth.

In a further search of Johnson’s boot, the officers found her to be in possession of 64 grams of heroin, 38 Alprazolam pills and 36 Clonazepam pills. Johnson did not have a prescription for either the Alprazolam or Clonazepam pills in her possession.

The heroin was later field tested and weighed at the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center and confirmed the substance was heroin. The suspected heroin will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for evidentiary testing, the complaint stated.

Johnson faces charges of three counts of a Controlled Substance Crime, in the first degree for the heroin, and in the fifth degree each for the Alprazolam and for the Clonazepam. All charges are felonies.

The heroin charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years and/or a $1,000,000 fine for a first violation, or not less than four or more than 40 years and/or $1,000,000 fine for a second or subsequent violation.

The two fifth degree charges each carry maximum sentences of five years and/or $10,000 fine for a first violation, or not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or $20,000 fine for a second or subsequent violation.


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