HASTINGS, Minn. - A Brooklyn Park man is charged in what authorities are calling the largest heroin bust in Dakota County history.
Warren Earl Comeaux is charged with two counts of sale and possession of a controlled substance after police say they discovered more than two pounds of heroin in his vehicle as it sat in the parking lot of an Apple Valley apartment complex.
A criminal complaint details how Apple Valley police were called to the parking lot on a report of a disturbance and found the 48-year-old Comeaux digging through his car. Fearing that he was attempting to retrieve a weapon police pulled weapons and ordered Comeaux out of the vehicle.
Officers searched the car and recovered slightly over two pounds (1,197 grams) of heroin with an estimated street value of $140,000.
"To keep the large quality of this seizure in perspective, we have never seized more than 500 grams of heroin in an entire year in Dakota County," remarked County Attorney Jim Backstrom. "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."
Comeaux has prior convictions for conspiracyto possess cocaine and heroinwith intent to distribute and use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.