Phony heroin nets felonyA pair of Twin Ports men are facing felony charges for non-drug trafficking.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A pair of Twin Ports men are facing felony charges for non-drug trafficking.
Chase Anthony Ankarlo, 19, of Superior and Gordon Albert Hey, 22, of Duluth are accused of trying to pass off cooked baking soda as heroin in a monitored Superior drug buy.
The two men each face a felony charge of attempted delivery of an imitation controlled substance as a party to a crime.
Ankarlo also faces a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
Ankarlo made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court last Friday. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor count and a preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 25 on the felony charge. A $1,000 signature bond was ordered with the condition that Ankarlo not use or possess any controlled substances.
According to the criminal complaint:
A monitored buyer attempted to purchase “heroin” from a trio of men in early June — Ankarlo, Hey and a third man. Because one of the Superior narcotics officers was suspicious about the low price of the drug — $300 for two grams — they set up a $50 buy along Ogden Avenue. When the buyer offered to purchase the smaller amount and come back for the rest after testing it, the men became angry and drove away.
Members of the Superior Police Department stopped the vehicle and arrested Ankarlo and Hey. The third man fled the scene on foot.
About 2.5 grams of marijuana was found in the vehicle along with 1.8 grams of a powdery white substance. The white substance did not test positive for heroin.
When questioned by police, Ankarlo claimed one of the other men had cooked baking soda and attempted to sell it as heroin just before they were stopped by police. He also said the marijuana was his.
Hey’s initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.