Grand Rapids man sentenced to over five years for drug sales

A Grand Rapids man was recently sentenced to over five years in prison for first degree drug sales.

According to the release from the Itasca County Attorney’s Office, 32-year-old Donovan Orlando Henry pleaded guilty before being sentenced immediately afterwards.

According to the criminal complaint, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office worked with a cooperating defendant, who advised that people from Arkansas were bringing methamphetamine and heroin into the county.

Through the investigation about one year ago, law enforcement overheard conversations about a drug dealing scheme where Henry and others would sell the drugs and wire money to different people in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Henry’s apartment in Grand Rapids served as one of the places the drugs were stored.

The cooperating defendant helped law enforcement by wearing a recording device, and conducted controlled buys from Henry and another person, identified as 30-year-old Shakorey Wade.

Last March, law enforcement coordinated across multiple agencies to apprehend Wade, where approximately three ounces of methamphetamine and two ounces of heroin were seized.

Featured photo: Donovan Henry. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.


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 is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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