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

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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.

Detroit Lakes man charged with assault

Dwain Allan Dewitt, 53, of rural Detroit Lakes was charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree assault.

According to court records, on Sept. 25, police were called to a Detroit Lakes residence after Dewitt became angry when his girlfriend wouldn’t give him her paycheck so he could go to Fargo. He started throwing her belongings out the front door, and punched her in the face, breaking her nose and causing facial injuries that required stitches at the emergency room.

Police were unable to find him, and District Judge Galen Vaa issued a warrant for his arrest.

Different charge filed in cinder block assault case

Warren Justin Brown, 27, of Waubun, has been charged in Becker County District court with felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest.

He was originally charged with felony first- and second-degree assault for his role in a June 3 assault in which both he and Wesley Robert Warren, 21, of Ponsford, were charged.

According to court records, at 12:39 a.m. June 3, a man who was dropped off at a party found Warren arguing with a woman there. The man initially knocked Warren and Brown to the ground, and then the two fought back and knocked the man unconscious.

As the two were leaving the yard, Warren came back, grabbed a cinder block, and, according to a witness, raised it over his head and threw it from about 5 feet away, hitting the unconscious man in the head. Warren then went through the man’s front and back pockets, according to court records.

When a deputy arrived, the victim was found unconscious, bleeding from the nose and both eyes, with visible swelling to the head. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

The local felony first- and second-degree assault charges against Warren were dropped and picked up by federal prosecutors.

Brown has been charged with aiding an offender to avoid arrest because he admitted driving Warren away from the scene and dropping him off at another residence.

On Sept. 5, District Judge Michael Fritz issued a summons for Brown to appear in court at a date yet to be determined because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Man charged for short-barreled shotgun, meth

Terrance Jerome Arthur, 39, of Onamia, Minn., was charged in Becker County District Court with two felonies: Felon in possession of a firearm, and fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Oct. 3, he was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a Becker County deputy for driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. Officers spotted a short-barreled shotgun in the vehicle. Arthur was arrested and taken to jail, where six baggies of meth, totaling 1.5 grams, were found on him.

He was convicted of second-degree burglary in 2017 and is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Cash bail for Arthur was set at $1,500 or bond at $15,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $30,000 without conditions.

In the same case, Shannon Diane Goodman, 31, of St. Paul, was charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. She was the driver of the vehicle, and a gram of meth was found on her, according to the criminal complaint.

Cash bail for Goodman was set at $400 or bond at $4,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 without conditions.

Ponsford man accused of leading high-speed chase

Brett Warren Stevens, 26, of rural Ponsford, was charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor DWI.

According to court records, at 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 3, a deputy tried to pull him over on Powwow Highway for seatbelt violations. Stevens initially pulled over, then sped off. The deputy pursued as Stevens drove through Pine Point village at speeds up to 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. The deputy attempted a PIT maneuver, which failed and ended with both the squad car and the fleeing vehicle going into the ditch and out again. The fleeing vehicle drove onto Mahnomen Trail and continued to a dead end, where a passenger fled and the driver surrendered. Stevens failed field sobriety tests and underwent a drug test that was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for evaluation.

Woman charged with fleeing police in stolen Ford Focus

Kalysta Lee Ann Harrell, 20, of Nisswa, was charged in Becker County District Court with felony receiving stolen property and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, on Oct. 2 she was spotted by a Frazee police officer sitting in a stolen red 2000 Ford Focus. She drove off when the officer put the squad car’s spotlight and emergency lights on -- driving through Frazee at speeds of up to 60 mph, going through numerous stop signs, and at times driving in the oncoming lane.

The pursuit continued on Highway 87 at speeds of 70-80 mph. Spike strips were used to puncture two tires on the Focus, and a pursuing officer used a PIT maneuver to put the fleeing car into the ditch. Harrell tried to run away, but was stopped by a barbed wire fence, according to the criminal complaint.

Cash bail for Harrell was set at $600 or bond at $6,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 without conditions.