11 charged in Red Lake drug trafficking conspiracy

Two separate federal indictments charged 11 people in connection with parallel methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution conspiracies on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

According to allegations, between Aug. 2019 and Dec. 2019, Kyle Dale Clark, 29, address unknown; Jose Arcega-Vejar, 32, Baja, Mexico; Valerie Ann Clark, 51, Redby; Vanessa Louise Cobenais, 31, Bemidji; Kathi Lyn Dudley, 42, Redby; Drew William Graves, 32, unknown address; and Kalyssa Kailani Deanah White, 19, Red Lake; conspired with each other to distribute methamphetamine on Red Lake and the surrounding area.

Between April 15-22 of this year, White and Arcega-Vejar also conspired with David Alan Jourdain, 38, Red Lake; Tara Mae Lussier, 20, Red Lake; and Andrew James Neadeau, 28, Red Lake; to distribute fentanyl on Red Lake and the surrounding area.

Clark and Corey Lee Donnell, 28 of Redby, were charged with firearms violations for illegally selling and possessing a Glock 9 mm pistol. Clark, due to a prior felony conviction, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force conducted the investigation. Additional assistance during the arrests was provided by the FBI and the Metro Street Crimes Unit in Fargo.

Ten of the 11 defendants are currently in custody.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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