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Woodbury teen accused of possessing black tar heroin

A Woodbury teenager faces a felony drug charge after police allegedly found heroin and marijuana while executing a search warrant at his home.

Robert John Ennis, 18, was charged today with one count of fifth-degree drug possession, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force received information in December 2011 that Ennis had been selling and distributing marijuana and other drugs to people in the Woodbury area.

A confidential informant working with officers allegedly confirmed having bought marijuana from Ennis in the past. That informant then bought $350 worth of pot from Ennis, according to the complaint.

On March 20, members of the task force executed a search warrant at Ennis' Timberlea Drive home, where he was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia, digital scales, mason jars filled with pot and a shot glass containing black tar heroin.

Four small balloons containing a substance that tested positive for heroin were also located.

Heroin cases among young people have been sprouting up of late in other Twin Cities suburbs. Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague stopped short of calling heroin use a trend in Woodbury, but said there appears to be a disconnect between knowledge about the dangers of some hard drugs and young people.

"As a general statement, all things old become new again in the drug trade," Vague said. "We certainly do see young people trying relatively old drugs because they don't know about (the risks)."

Ennis' first court appearance is set for May 9.

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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