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Search nets $22K in meth at Superior home; 2 face charges

A Superior couple is facing felony drug charges in Douglas County Circuit Court after 443 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $22,000, was allegedly found at their residence.

Brian James Kainu, 36, faces felony counts of second or subsequent offense party to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine with use of a dangerous weapon, repeater felon in possession of a firearm, repeater possess drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of repeater neglecting a child.

Aunorae Jolette Deann Vandell, 26, faces felony counts of party to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine with use of a dangerous weapon, possess drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of neglecting a child.

Both waived their preliminary hearings Wednesday, April 10. Cash bond of $20,000 was set for Kainu; a $1,000 cash bond was set for Vandell.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the couple's home on the 1300 block of North 18th Street on April 2.

Kainu was detained after he exited the home with a garbage bag and backpack. Inside the backpack was a gallon-sized Ziplock bag containing 265 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a smaller baggie with 105 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and small baggies for packaging.

In addition to the 373 grams of methamphetamine found in Kainu's possession, officers found another 70 grams of methamphetamine in the residence, as well as a revolver and drug paraphernalia. Vandell and a 9-year-old child were also present at the residence.

Kainu reportedly admitted to officers that he sold methamphetamine because he could not get a job due to his criminal record.

According to the complaint, Kainu was convicted of felony drug possession in St. Louis County in February and was on supervised probation at the time of the search. Kainu said he sold about a pound of methamphetamine per week out of his house and would usually see $2,000 to $3,000 in profit a week. He said he also uses methamphetamine — about 1 gram per day.

Vandell reportedly admitted that she was aware of what was happening and involved in selling. She admitted to using methamphetamine recently.

Kainu's next court appearance was set or May 31; Vandell's is June 10. The most serious charge, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years of imprisonment and a fine of up t0 $100,000.

Kainu remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, April 11. Vandell was released on bond April 5, according to court records.