Man charged in Woodbury drug bust
Felony drug charges were filed against a St. Paul man who allegedly sold crack cocaine in a Woodbury sting conducted by Washington County authorities.
Donavan Dontrell Griffin, 25, was charged in December with one count of first-degree narcotics sale. If convicted, Griffin faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Griffin, who posted bond Jan. 3, returns to court today.
According to a criminal complaint, the Washington County Narcotics Unit conducted four controlled drug buys between July and September - all occurring in Woodbury - allegedly involving Griffin.
The first controlled buy occurred July 23 at Central Park, where Griffin allegedly sold $240 worth of crack. Officers conducted a second buy four days later at 8675 Valley Creek Road, where Griffin allegedly unloaded $340 worth of the illegal drug.
Two more controlled buys were conducted in September at the Rainbow Foods parking lot, where Griffin allegedly sold $1,000 worth of crack.
The drugs received - totaling 13.67 grams - tested positive for crack cocaine at the St. Paul Police Department's crime lab, the complaint states.
According to online Minnesota criminal records, Griffin was placed on probation following a 2007 conviction for third-degree narcotic sales. Records show Griffin also has a 2004 Ramsey County conviction for receiving stolen property.