A Superior man was indicted Wednesday, May 15, in federal court on drug and gun charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Brian Kainu, 36, faces two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of possessing 50 grams or more of meth with intent to distribute and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment was returned in Madison by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court's Western District of Wisconsin. It alleges that Kainu possessed and distributed meth in March and April of this year and that he possessed a .22-caliber revolver in April.
Kainu, who remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail, is also facing felony drug and gun charges in Douglas County Circuit Court in connection with a search warrant executed at his Superior residence April 2 that netted 443.77 grams of meth with an estimated street value of $22,000. Most of the meth found was in a backpack Kainu had on him, according to the criminal complaint, and a cased revolver was found in a bedroom of the residence. His next court appearance for the charges was set for June 3.
A new felony charge was filed against Kainu in Douglas County Circuit Court May 6 alleging that he solicited a fellow jail inmate to threaten the person Kainu believes informed on him. His next appearance on that case has been set for May 22.
If convicted of the federal charges, Kainu faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. The possession count carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, while each distribution count carries a maximum of 20 years and the firearm possession count carries a maximum of 10 years.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Superior Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Duluth Police Department, the Northwest Area Crime Unit and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
Telegram reporter Maria Lockwood contributed to this report.