Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Warren Earl Comeaux, age 48 of Brooklyn Park, was charged* yesterday with two counts of Controlled Substance Crimes in the First Degree (Sale and Possession) in connection with what is believed to be the largest heroin bust in Dakota County.
Backstrom stated that on March 29th Apple Valley police officers were called to a disturbance at an apartment complex. As officers arrived at the scene they noticed a man digging through a vehicle. Fearing the man may have been grabbing for a weapon, they ordered him out of the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered slightly over two pounds of heroin (1,197 grams) with an estimated street value of $140,000. Comeaux has a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin and use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime for which he served 180 months in prison.
Backstrom commented: “We are pleased that Dakota County law enforcement was able to remove from the streets such a large quantity of heroin. To keep the large quantity of this seizure in perspective, we have never seized more than 500 grams of heroin in an entire year in Dakota County. This seizure alone is over twice that amount.” Backstrom added: “Heroin use and abuse has been increasing for several years in Minnesota. This is a significant threat to public safety and the health and welfare of those abusing this extremely dangerous and addictive drug.”
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department and the Dakota County Drug Task Force for their quick response and thorough investigation of this case.
Bail in the amount of $100,000 without conditions ($60,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Jerome Abrams. Comeaux’s next court appearance is set for July 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.