IL: Court news: Charges filed in case of fake heroin sale

Instead of heroin, flualprazolam and brorphine were provided

One man received $1,000 in predocumented drug task force “buy money,” and was supposed to provide 10 grams of heroin. But instead of heroin he provided 9.42 grams of flualprazolam and brorphine, according to the criminal complaint.

Keenan Carlos Lawrence, 44, of Chicago, was charged in Becker County District Court with a felony count of selling simulated drugs.

According to court records, on May 14, he arranged to sell heroin to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force in Becker County.

Lawrence took an undisclosed amount of predocumented task force “buy money,” but instead of heroin he provided flualprazolam (a new psychoactive substance considered a “designer benzodiazepine,”) and brorphine (a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl), according to the criminal complaint.

District Judge Galen Vaa issued a summons for him to appear in court, at a date yet to be determined because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a similar case

Emilio Gonzalez Sanramon, 63, of Frazee, was charged in Becker County District Court with a felony count of selling simulated drugs.

According to court records, on May 4 he arranged to sell heroin to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, after arranging to meet the information at Mountain View Estates apartments in Detroit Lakes.

Sanramon took $1,000 in predocumented task force “buy money,” and was supposed to provide 10 grams of heroin. But instead of heroin, he provided 9.42 grams of flualprazolam and brorphine, according to the criminal complaint.

District Judge Galen Vaa issued a summons for Sanramon to appear in court at a date yet to be determined because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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