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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.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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