Three of four charged in drug bust plead guilty

Three of four suspects charged in Anoka County District Court following a drug buy initiated by the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force in Coon Rapids in January have all pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

Charged with three counts of controlled substance crime in the second degree were Kevin Lee Beaulieu, 26, 8317 Monroe St. NE, Spring Lake Park; Wayde Salem Salwei, 38, Aberdeen, S.D.; Patrick Clinton Ross, 31, 748 112th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids; and Katrina Linda Loomis, 21, 9713 Quincy St. NE, Blaine.

In plea agreements, Ross entered a guilty plea June 18 to one of the second-degree counts as well as felony possession of a firearm by an ineligible person (prior crime of violence) and will be sentenced Aug. 20, while Salwei entered a guilty plea to one of the second-degree charges June 3 and will be sentenced Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, in a plea agreement in May, Loomis entered a guilty plea to a felony third-degree controlled substance crime charge and will be sentenced Oct. 21.

Beaulieu is scheduled to go on trial on the three charges Sept. 23.

The evening of Jan. 2, detectives from the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force monitored a conversation between a suspect and a confidential informant, during which the suspect agreed to drive the informant to the Coon Rapids VFW parking lot on Coon Rapids Boulevard to meet with his source to obtain a half-ounce of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Task force investigators conducting surveillance at the VFW parking lot saw a blue Cadillac Escalade pull into the parking lot and the suspect, subsequently identified as Salwei, exit the driver’s side and walk over to a Dodge Avenger before returning and telling the informant that the source only had 10 grams left and the price would be $570, the complaint states.

Detectives overheard conversations between Salwei and the informant discussing and counting the money necessary for payment and when both vehicles left the parking lot at a high rate of speed, they were stopped by police.

The driver of the Dodge Avenger was identified as Beaulieu with passengers Ross and Loomis.

In a search of the Escalade, investigators located a bag of a white crystal substance on the floor between the front passenger seat and the center console. It field tested positive for 10.1 grams of methamphetamine with packaging.

The confidential informant stated that Salwei was given $580 in marked currency for the methamphetamine.

In a search of the Dodge Avenger, detectives found drug packaging, numerous cell phones and a digital scale as well as a container of MSM, which is used as a cutting agent for the sale of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

In addition, the search of the Dodge Avenger also located a handgun with nine rounds of ammunition in the cylinder.

It was found behind the rear passenger seat which was occupied by Ross and would have been both visible and accessible to him.

Ross was not eligible to possess a firearm because of a prior felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime conviction.

In a post-Miranda statement, Beaulieu alleged that Ross had stated as the vehicle was being pulled over that he had warrant and a gun.

Beaulieu alleged that Salwei called him and told him he needed a half-ounce for a friend and that he, Ross and Loomis obtained the MSM in Anoka, then started “making cut” of 10 grams worth of methamphetamine.

In her post-Miranda statement, Loomis said that the crystal substance a female police officer had found in her bra was “fake dope.”

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