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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Twelve Individuals Charged In 46-Count Federal Indictment Alleging Duluth-Based Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

Law enforcement arrested more than 25 defendants on federal and state charges

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the indictment of 12 individuals for their roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy. All 12 defendants named in the indictment were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. The defendants will make their initial appearances this week before Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois in U.S. District Court in Duluth, Minn.

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, from at least March 13, 2017 through the present, CARLOS NASHUN COLEMAN, 33, BERNARD BRANDON MIMS, 38, CRYSTAL BROOKE STARSTEAD, 35, CAZEMBE OSIE FRANKLIN, 44, KENNETH SKY QUADE, 24, DANIEL ALBERT AMATUZIO, JR, 29, BENJAMIN MICHAEL WOODBURY, 27, DAMIEN DEANDRE BURNETT, 33, LAVINA NICOLE SHANNON, 40, JOSEPH DANTE WILLIAMS, 28, CHEVELLA DAWN KORKALO, 23, AND ERIN MARIE ALHACHEM, 27, conspired together to distribute heroin throughout the Twin Ports area. COLEMAN, who is identified as the main distributor, transported heroin from Chicago, Illinois to the Twin Cities and throughout the Twin Ports area where the heroin was further distributed through his network of co-conspirators.

This case is the result of a cooperative investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Duluth Police Department, the Saint Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Superior Police Department, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the Hibbing Police Department, the Virginia Police Department, the Hermantown Police Department, and the Fond du Lac Reservation Police Department.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

 

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     

CARLOS NASHUN COLEMAN, a/k/a “Los,” 33

Apple Valley, MN

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Distribution of heroin, 1 count

 
BERNARD BRANDON MIMS, a/k/a “Lil B,” 38
Superior, WI
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Distribution of heroin, 28 counts
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 5 counts

 
CRYSTAL BROOKE STARSTEAD, 35
Superior, WI
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Distribution of heroin, 5 counts
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 4 counts

 
CAZEMBE OSIE FRANKLIN, a/k/a “MC Snake,” 44
Aurora, MN
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 
KENNETH SKY QUADE, a/k/a “Q,” 24
Unknown
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 
DANIEL ALBERT AMATUZIO, JR, 29
Unknown
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 3 counts

 
BENJAMIN MICHAEL WOODBURY, a/k/a “Woody,” 27
Unknown
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 
DAMIEN DEANDRE BURNETT, a/k/a “Luck,” 33
Unknown
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 

LAVINA NICOLE SHANNON, a/k/a “Satin,” 40

Unknown

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 

JOSEPH DANTE WILLIAMS, 28

Unknown

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 3 counts

 

CHEVELLA DAWN KORKALO, 23

Unknown
 
Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 

ERIN MARIE ALHACHEM,” 27

Unknown

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count

 

 

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The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Component(s): 
Updated March 9, 2018