North Minneapolis heroin ring busted


Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman joined U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger Monday to announce busting a heroin ring based in North Minneapolis.

Eight people were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The men, and several others who still are under investigation, would pick up 300 to 400 grams of heroin in Chicago every couple of weeks and then drive it back to Minneapolis. Then it would be cut into packages of a tenth of a gram and sold to customers throughout the metro area, according to Luger and the federal indictment.

“This was, make no mistake about it, a 24-hour retail heroin operation,” Luger said.

Freeman thanked Luger for his leadership, noting that prosecutors from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office meet a couple of times a month to discuss drug and gun cases.

“On Nov. 17, come to Hennepin County District Court,” Freeman said. “Devon McFerrin will be going on trial for homicide. He gave this junk to someone who died from it.”

McFerrin has been arrested in connection with the federal case after he got out on bail for the third-degree murder charge, Freeman said, adding that he is happy to have him back in custody, “so he will be sure to make his court appearances.” Freeman also said he expects a few other cases will be referred to his office from this investigation.

The ring, which was known as “The Crew” had two phone numbers heroin customers could call. They would then be told where to go, and runners would meet them there to sell them the $40 packages, which resulted in $1.6 million worth of heroin sales annually, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Those indicted were: Richard Lee English; Milton Eugene Ingram; Johnny Martell Brown; Lee Antoine Howell; Shanequa Amerson; Orlando Donee Pryor; Russell Anthony Greyer and Deon Terrance Fisher.

Multiple other parties, including McFerrin, were arrested at the scene but have not yet been charged.