Created: 01/17/2013 1:18 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A drug bust in the North Metro earlier this month led to charges against four people.
Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, detectives were monitoring a conversation between a confidential informant and a man named “Snickers,” identified as 38-year-old Wayde Salem Salwei of Aberdeen, S.D. According to the criminal complaint, Salwei agreed to drive the informant to the VFW in Coon Rapids to get a half ounce of meth from his “source.”
Members of the Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force set up surveillance in the parking lot. Around 8:15 p.m., police say a Cadillac Escalade pulled into the lot and Salwei got out.
According to the criminal complaint, Salwei met with a man in a Dodge Avenger in the parking lot and then told the confidential informant that the dealer only had 10 grams left and that it would cost $570. Both the Escalade and the Avenger then sped out of the parking lot and were stopped by officers.
The driver of the Avenger was identified as 26-year-old Kevin Lee Beaulieu of Spring Lake Park. The passengers in the vehicle were 31-year-old Patrick Clinton Ross of Coon Rapids and 21-year-old Katrina Linda Loomis of Blaine.
Police searched the Escalade and say they found a bag with 10.1 grams of meth. The confidential informant told the detectives that Salwei was given $580 in marked currency for the meth.
Police also searched the Dodge Avenger and say they found a handgun with nine rounds of ammunition in the cylinder, drug packaging, several cell phones, a digital scale, and MSM, which is used as a cutting agent.
Police also searched Loomis and found a bag of crystal substance in her bra. Loomis said it was “fake dope,” according to the criminal complaint.
Ross was previously convicted of a fifth degree controlled substance crime. Beaulieu told police that Ross said, “I have warrants and I have a gun,” while the vehicle was being pulled over.
Loomis, Salwei, and Beaulieu have each been charged with three second-degree controlled substance crimes. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines on each charge.
Ross has been charged with three second-degree controlled substance crimes and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines on each drug charge and up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines on the firearms charge.