A man who entered Minnesota from another state was arrested in late August. He has since been indicted. At age 36, the man is facing drug crimes charges. Officials say the case has been turned over to federal authorities.
The man in question has been accused of illegal drug possession. Deputies first became aware of the man when they received a call about a possible fraud involving a credit card being used at a local business. Investigators arrived at the scene and claim they found that the man was in possession of more than 100,000 pills laced with fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is said to be more powerful than morphine or heroin.
Largest pill seizure on record in Minnesota
Investigators say that the number of alleged fentanyl pills confiscated would be enough drugs to kill more than a million people. As in all criminal cases, however, believing that a substance is an illegal drug and proving it in court are two separate things. Any time a police officer seizes pills suspected of being an illegal substance, the pills must be sent to a laboratory for testing. If a case goes to trial, prosecutors must prove that the substance is exactly what police claimed it to be.
Obtaining criminal defense support before heading to court
When someone faces federal charges for drug crimes in Minnesota, there is a lot at stake. In every case, an accused individual has the right to legal counsel. This type of support is highly recommended, especially in situations where the penalty for conviction might include 10 or more years in a federal penitentiary.