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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

MLPD makes drug arrests


Two people were arrested by Moose Lake police officers for possession of drugs in early March.

According to a complaint from the Moose Lake Police Department, on March 1, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Moose Lake police officer was contacted by a fellow Moose Lake officer requesting assistance to interview a man who reported his son’s wife was lying unresponsive in her bedroom. The man had gone to the apartment to pick up his granddaughter but the child’s mother would not answer the door.

The man entered the apartment and found Tina Horton, 28, of Moose Lake, lying unresponsive on her bed. He could not find the child. The report stated officers and medical personnel were called to the scene. The ambulance crew was able to arouse Horton, who was clearly under the influence of a controlled substance, the report said. The officers learned Horton had been trafficking methamphetamine from the residence. They applied for and received a search warrant.

In the search, the officers found various items of paraphernalia, together with a small plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. The officers NIK (narcotics identification kit) tested the substance and it came back positive for methamphetamine.

Horton refused medical attention or transport to the hospital. She was taken into custody and transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center for the controlled substance offense.

Horton was charged with a felony of one count of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine for a first violation, not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine for a second or subsequent violation.

Sandstone man arrested

According to another complaint, on March 5, a Moose Lake police officer received a phone call from an informant. The informant advised the officer that Dean Dehnel, 51, of Sandstone was staying at the Days Inn in Moose Lake, and had outstanding active warrants for his arrest.

The officer confirmed there were three active warrants for Dehnel’s arrest, from Carlton, Pine and Washington counties, and contacted other officers for assistance.

A staff person at the Days Inn provided the officers with a description of Dehnel and his room number.

The officers did not find Dehnel in his room but were advised by a hotel employee he had gone to McDonald’s.

The officers went to McDonald’s and located Dehnel, who identified himself. They then advised him he had three active warrants and took him into custody.

During a search, the officers found drug paraphernalia as well as 5.4 grams of methamphetamine in an old cigarette box in a small baggie. The controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were seized by the officers, together with a large amount of currency Dehnel had on his person.

Dehnel was transported to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center, where he was booked.

Dehnel was charged with two counts: controlled substance crime in the third degree, a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine for a first violation; not less than two years nor more than 30 years and/or a $250,000 fine for a second and subsequent violation; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of a $300 fine.


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