CASS LAKE-A Michigan man was arrested Friday for selling heroin and fentanyl over an extended period of time.
James Lionel McRunels, "Little," 43, of Detroit, has been charged with one count of second-degree sale of heroin and one count of third-degree sale of narcotics. Both counts are felonies and each potentially could result in 20 or more years in prison, officials said.
All of the drug sales were made in the 6700 block of White Stone Trail, south of Cass Lake.
The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department issued a statement recently, saying officials will "be looking for other individuals that were involved with the sales and distribution from this residence for possible future charges."
Authorities allegedly purchased more than $3,000 worth of drugs from McRunels on multiple different occasions through confidential informants, according to the criminal complaint. Over the course of seven controlled buys, McRunels allegedly sold 5.9 grams of fentanyl and 7.46 grams of heroin, totalling 13.36 grams overall.
According to the criminal complaint, the purchases were made between April 15 and June 14. McRunels had more than $3,000 with him at the time of his arrest, and some of that money matched the funds that were used during the controlled buys.
The coordinated arrest included involvement from Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff's Office, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.