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Redby man pleads not guilty to federal drug charge

DULUTH -- A Redby man charged with a federal drug crime pleaded not guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin during a Nov. 27 hearing.

Cody Jorrell Loud, Sr. was charged Oct. 18 in U.S. District Court, more than 15 months after Red Lake police found thousands of dollars in cash and more than 100 grams of heroin in his trailer home within the boundaries of the Red Lake reservation.

According to a criminal complaint against Loud, police executed a search warrant at the trailer home on July 8, 2016. The complaint does not include any information about the basis for the search warrant, but states that both Loud and his mother -- who has not been charged with a crime -- were arrested.

Police allegedly found $1,075 in cash while searching Loud and found 65 grams of marijuana, a scale, two syringes, about 170 grams of heroin, 250 prescription pills and $7,198 in cash while searching the trailer.

The Red Lake tribe declared a state of emergency July 11 following a handful of overdoses across the reservation and established a process for banishing tribal members who sell drugs on the reservation. The complaint does not say whether Loud is a member of the tribe.

During a five-minute hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois, an indictment of Loud was entered into the record, and Loud pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court for a motion hearing Jan. 8.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or

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