Drug death results in 3rd degree murder charges

One man is dead and three people are facing murder charges following a fatal drug deal in Onamia.

Third degree murder charges have been filed against two Isle men and a Garrison woman who allegedly sold heroin to an Onamia man who died from cardiac arrest after using the drug.

On February 16, Arvid Robert Haugen, age 24, was found unresponsive in a bedroom at 11974 Quail Road, Onamia. When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence shortly before 1:30 a.m., they found Haugen to be unresponsive, not breathing and cold to the touch. A woman at the residence told investigators that Haugen had ingested heroin that evening.

Haugen was taken to a hospital in Onamia and later airlifted by helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital were he died two days later.

A toxicology report from the Onamia hospital confirmed that Haugen had opiates in his system, which likely contributed to cardiopulmonary arrest.

The woman at the residence, later identified as Haugen’s girlfriend, told investigators that she had contacted her neighbor about purchasing heroin. The neighbor, Barbara Jean Nayquonabe-White, 31, and Calvin Stump, 29, of Isle, and James Smith, 31, of Isle, were later arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and the sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County Court, Nayquonabe-White told investigators that she contacted Smith in order to find some heroin for the girlfriend. Later that day Smith and Stump arrived at Nayquonabe-White’s residence with the drugs, Nayquonabe-White told investigators. Nayquonabe-White later took the drugs to the Haugen residence.

Haugen’s girlfriend talked to Nayquonabe-White about purchasing heroin. Nayquonabe-White later came to Haugen’s residence with a small package of the drug. The girlfriend then left the drug for Haugen on a kitchen counter, the complaint states.

Smith told investigators that he and Stump purchased three grams of heroin in the Twin Cities. A chunk of the heroin from that purchase was sold to Nayquonabe-White, Smith told investigators. Nayquonabe-White then took that heroin to Haugen’s residence.

A suspect faces a third degree murder charge under Minnesota statutes when they directly or indirectly cause a death without intent of doing so.

Nayquonabe-White, Smith and Stump face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine if convicted of the third degree murder charges. They face 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for the drug charges.

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