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The Criminal Division of the St. Louis County Attorneys Office is responsible for charging and prosecuting all levels of adult crimes that occur in St. Louis County including all felonies gross misdemeanors misdemeanors and county ordinances. Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Gary Bjorklund leads the division. In 2014 3361 cases were referred by law enforcement to the county attorneys office a slight decrease over the number of cases referred for prosecution the previous year. However there was a substantial increase in the number of drug cases prosecuted. In 2014 642 drug cases were referred by law enforcement for prosecution -- an increase of 134 from the previous year. This large increase in drug prosecution can be attributed in part to opioid addictions and an influx of heroin into the Northland. St. Louis County prosecutors work closely with local drug task forces and other law enforcement agencies to identify major suppliers of heroin into the area and ensure that they are aggressively prosecuted to the full extent allowed by law. The county attorneys office is a member of OARS Opioid Abuse Response Strategies. This is a multi-disciplinary team which develops strategies to combat the heroin epidemic and opioid addiction. Prosecutors work closely with other team members from the north and south St. Louis County Drug Courts to ensure that the latest protocols and treatment options are utilized to address opioid addictions of drug court participants. The county attorneys office also acted with other agencies in promoting community awareness of the heroin problem in the Northland and will be involved in town forums to help educate the public on this serious problem. The criminal division prosecuted several homicide cases this past year. Raymond Weeks was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the stabbing death of Kevin Tyman. Joella Tucker was sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in the murder. Chris Peterson received a 40-year sentence for intentionally suffocating his one-year-old daughter. At the end of 2014 there were eight St. Louis County murder cases pending in State District Court. Criminal division prosecutors are also involved in DWI Drug and Mental Health Problem- Solving specialty courts. Additionally prosecutors set up and conducted ongoing training to law enforcement in the latest changes in laws and regulations as well as educating law enforcement and other Northeastern Minnesota prosecutors on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases. Criminal Division 2014 ST. LOUIS COUNTY ATTORNEYS ANNUAL REPORT 4 Gary Bjorklund Criminal Division Head Duluth Office Jessica Fralich Jon Holets Chris Pinkert Nate Stumme Rebekka Stumme Kristen Swanson Vicky Wanta Virgina Office Michelle Anderson Gordon Coldagelli Leah Stauber Hibbing Office Brian Simonson Karl Sundquist Jeff Vlatkovich CRIMINAL DIVISION