Three from Illinois Busted for Heroin Sales in Becker and Mahnomen Counties
Carol McCarthy | Jan 16, 2020 AT 7:46 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--Two men and a woman from Chicago are in custody in Becker County after their arrest for selling and possession of heroin.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office says after a month's investigation, the three were arrested while traveling between Mahnomen and Detroit Lakes.
Court records state, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force informed area law enforcement that the three from Illinois were traveling in a vehicle on Highway 59 near Detroit Lakes on January 8th and were carrying a large amount of heroin. A trooper located the vehicle and pulled it over after observing it travel over the fog line. A Becker County Sheriff's K-9 Unit arrived and conducted a sniff search and alerted to the presence of narcotics. A digital scale with heroin residue was found initially as well as a large amount of cash. The three, 38-year old David Verner, 57-year-old Vincent Verner and 38-year-old Pam Hilliard-Sykes were arrested. Because of the blustery weather and subzero temperature the vehicle was towed from the scene and brought to a garage for a thorough search that turned up to large bags of heroin: 71.42 grams and 101.31 grams. David Verner is being held on 150-thousand dollars bail; Vincent Verner and Hilliard Sykes are being held on 120-thousand dollars bail in the Becker County Jail, each face two counts of 1st degree drug charges for sale and possession.
Agencies involved in the investigation include: West Central Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, BCA Anti-Heroin Task Force, Detroit Lakes Police Department, Becker County Sheriff's Office, Mahnomen Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol.