More than two dozen people indicted for alleged roles in Twin Ports heroin trafficking

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Lisa Kaczke

Forum News Service

Local, county and federal law enforcement officials today announced the indictment of more than two dozen people for their alleged roles in heroin trafficking in the Twin Ports.

The defendants allegedly "conspired together to distribute heroin throughout the Twin Ports area," according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Booker announced that 12 people have been indicted on federal charges for their role in the distribution conspiracy. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin announced that 17 additional people are facing state charges in connection to the distribution conspiracy.

“Today, we turn the tide,” Rubin said.

Authorities said Carlos Nashun Coleman, 33, of Apple Valley, Minn., was the main distributor, allegedly transporting heroin "from Chicago to the Twin Cities and throughout the Twin Ports area where the heroin was further distributed through his network of co-conspirators."

Coleman is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Others facing federal charges include:

Bernard Brandon Mims, 38, of Superior: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, 28 counts distribution of heroin, five counts possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Crystal Brooke Starstead, 35, of Superior: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, five counts distribution of heroin, four counts possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Cazembe Osie Franklin, 44, of Aurora: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Kenneth Sky Quade, 24, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Daniel Albert Amatuzio Jr., 29, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, three counts possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Benjamin Michael Woodbury, 27, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Damien Deandre Burnett, 33, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Lavina Nicole Shannon, 40, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Joseph Dante Williams, 28, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, three counts possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Chevella Dawn Korkalo, 23, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Erin Marie Alhachem, 27, address unknown: one count conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Agencies involved in the investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Duluth, Superior, Hibbing, Hermantown, Virginia and Fond du Lac police departments; and the St. Louis and Carlton county sheriff’s offices.