BEMIDJI-Two people were arrested Wednesday after the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force found more than 80 grams of heroin at a local hotel.
Ileisha Lynee Guinn, 26, of Bemidji, and Isaiah Frederick Johnson, 31, of Cass Lake, have each been charged with one count of first-degree drug sales.
Officials confiscated 84 grams of heroin, 2.23 grams of marijuana, $882, as well as drug paraphernalia, according to a statement released Friday.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson was using sources in California to provide the heroin that he and Guinn would distribute in Beltrami County. Once they were arrested, Johnson allegedly blamed Guinn, saying that she owned the drugs and that she was a heroin addict.
Officers found a money transfer receipt, indicating Guinn sent $2,500 to California on June 11. A few days later, on June 19, Johson flew from Los Angeles to the Twin Cities, and Guinn drove him back to Bemidji, according to the complaint. They were arrested later that day.
Before arresting the pair, officers undertook surveillance of alleged drug sales in the parking lot of a local hotel. The officers then followed Johnson and Guinn back to a second hotel where they were arrested.
In addition to the drug task force, the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the Bemidji Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted in the case.