Arrest + Charges For Suspected Hibbing Fentanyl Dealer
An arrest has led to charges against an Iron Range man believed to be dealing Fentanyl from his apartment, located near the Hibbing High School.
Phillip Lamount Davis was arrested after the Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Force (LSVOTF) conducted an investigation that determined that he was "selling controlled substances from his apartment". That investigation turned into a search warrant. That search warrant resulted in "the seizure of approximately 40 grams of suspected fentanyl, 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, $744 [in cash], and a semi-automatic 9mm handgun that was confirmed stolen out of Hastings, MN".
Davis is currently in custody at the St. Louis County Jail in Hibbing while he awaits charges. Law enforcement is seeking two sets of charges - including two counts of first degree sales of a controlled substance and a felon in possession of a firearm. Those charges have been sent to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office for processing.
The arrest of Davis was a joint cooperative effort between the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the Hibbing Police Department, and the Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Ford.
According to details shared as part of the arrest release, the LSVOTF hopes that this case will deter individuals from partaking in illegal activities. They "advise anyone with aspirations to sell or transport fentanyl across the Iron Range that such dangerous and illegal activity will not be tolerated by either law enforcement or the general public".
The Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Force is a multiagency cooperative effort that serves Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, The task force is made up from law enforcement members from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office; Police Departments in Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia, and Superior; the Bureau of Tobacco Firearms and Explosives; Minnesota National Guard Counter Drug Task Force; and Homeland Security Investigations.