On March 13, officers executed a search warrant at an Ojibwe Drive address in Onamia. Officers had knowledge that a large amount of heroin had been acquired from the Twin Cities by Mark Malakia Kalberg, 30, of Onamia, and Leslie Renee Sam, 36, also of Onamia. The two were seeking potential buyers to make sales to at the home. Specifically, the criminal complaint indicates the officers knew that Sam had sent messages to potential buyers about the heroin.
According to the complaint:
During the search, officers secured a bedroom rented and shared by Kalberg and Sam. Within the room, officers located numerous hypodermic needles and methamphetamine pipes containing residue; two digital scales, one with powdery residue on top; multiple plastic baggies and paper bindles commonly used for packaging controlled substances for sale; and $2,500.
Substances in the pipes field-tested positive for methamphetamine and the substance on the scale, fentanyl. The homeowner acknowledged providing Kalberg and Sam a room in exchange for heroin and acknowledged purchasing both heroin and methamphetamine from the pair. Other people at the residence also stated that Kalberg and Sam sell heroin from the bedroom, usually from the window after someone knocks on the glass.
In a Mirandized statement, Sam admitted to selling drugs with Kalberg, and Kalberg stated that he regularly travels to the Twin Cities to obtain heroin to sell in the Onamia area. He further stated that Sam was with him on the last trip.
Both Kalberg and Sam were charged with one felony count of third-degree narcotics sale, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine (or 2-30 years and/or a $250,000 fine for subsequent conviction) and a felony count of fifth-degree drug possession, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
Kalberg has prior convictions under Minnesota Stat