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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Charges filed after men overdose on heroin


Two men were found unconscious near a business district in Hinckley last Friday due to heroin overdose. On Friday, September 16, Pine County deputies were dispatched to the Taco Bell in Hinckley due to reports of a male running around the parking lot acting oddly. The man, identified as Bradley Barney Jr., 25, of Cloquet, was found by deputies collapsed on the grass between Taco Bell and the Smoke Shop.

According to the criminal complaint, officers arrived on the scene to find the man unresponsive and observed an open wound on his arm consistent with intravenous (IV) drug use and a syringe located on the ground next to the man. First aid was administered on the scene.

When deputies attempted to locate where the man came from, they found another man, identified as Alexander LaFave, 25, of Duluth, who was also unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a running 2003 Dodge Stratus parked in the Taco Bell parking lot. The man also had an open wound on his arm consistent with IV drug use. A syringe was found next to the man, along with a black zip up case on his lap, and other syringes in plain view on the passenger side of the vehicle.

First aid was also administered to the second man. Naloxone, which is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation, was administered to both individuals as part of the first aid treatment. Both men eventually became responsive after the administration of Naloxone.

LaFave was charged with five felonies of first degree intent to sell heroin, along with possession of heroin, a loaded firearm possession, and altering a serial number on a Ruger 22/45 .22 caliber pistol. LaFave has a previous conviction record of first degree burglary and possessing controlled substances. A felony warrant had been out for the man’s arrest. Both men found at the scene were convicted felons and, though not arrested at the scene, Barney was referred to the Pine County attorney for charges.

Multiple baggies were located in the black zip pouch with the large bag of heroin, and deputies found the gun to have a live round in the chamber. Also found in the vehicle were a tattoo machine and equipment, a clear glass pipe with white residue, numerous hypodermic needles, several cellular phones, paintball gun, other drug paraphernalia, pill bottle, child’s shoes, numerous baggies, two scales, lockbox and a small bag of marijuana.

Bail has been set for LaFave at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions. The next court date is October 14.

“Dealers who introduce this poison into our communities will face maximum consequences,” replied County Attorney Reese Frederickson when asked about the charges.


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