Another heroin drug bust by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force. They’ve been watching 27 year old Anthoney Fugalli of Faribault for some time and had knowledge that he was bringing heroin, laced with fentanyl, into Rice County from the Metro. On April 4th he was stopped by law enforcement for driving without a license. He had a female passenger, 22 year old Courtney Jones. No drugs were found at the time. Two hours later, the task force was informed that Fugalli was bragging that Jones had concealed the heroin in an intimate area. On April 9th, agents were alerted to another drug run by the pair. They executed two search warrants at a residence on 12th St. NW
where they found nearly 10 grams of heroin, over $5,000 in cash, scale baggies and assorted paraphernalia with heroin residue. Fugalli admitted to all of it adding that he goes “tripping” to the Cities at least every other day. Fugalli is charged with 2nd degree sale of heroin and possession of over 6 grams. Both felonies with up to 25 years in prison. Jones was charged with 2nd degree possession. Court appearances will be April 23rd. Both are out on bail.
Don’t fall for it, Chief Nelson talks scams
Just when you thought certain scams wouldn’t work anymore, Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said, “we’ve had a real bad go again of all different types of scams but in particular, we’ve had some people lose a fair amount of money to this ‘I’m your grandson and I’m in jail and you need to send money to bail me out”. Nelson said these perpetrators sound convincing and will sometimes become threatening. He encourages people to hang up and call their grandson, call the parents, call the police. They can help you confirm whether someone’s in jail. There are other scams including, you’ve won a prize, you just need to send a cashier’s check or, “now they’re getting clever, because they don’t want it tracked, so sometimes they’ll ask you to get gift cards, VISA, Walmart, Target, you name it, as payment and then they want the numbers off the back”. The moment they start asking for some kind of payment due to a “fee”, hang up. If you challenge them, they generally turn on you and become threatening. Another scam involves someone offering you more money for an item you have for sale, they’ll send you a check. And the IRS will never call and threaten to arrest you. If you ever have a question, call the police department’s non-emergency phone number. The BBB also has a list of scams. Nelson said it shows what types of scams are trending in your area. Find ScamTracker
Predatory offender back in jail for not registering
Not for the first time, a Faribault man knowingly violated registration as a predatory offender. 35 year old Samuel George Baisley Jr. is behind bars after law enforcement checked the address he gave them for registration and found he wasn’t there and never lived there. He is required to inform police of his residence until 2019 for convictions of criminal sexual conduct in 2001 and 2002. His initial court appearance is April 23rd.
Weather related cancellations/closings
Stay tuned to KYMN radio for severe weather updates. We are under a winter storm warning. We will also post cancellations and closures. As of now, the Bluebird Expo at Cannon Falls high school, scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled and the Rice County Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed tomorrow, April 14th.