On Monday April 13, during an investigation into a death on Sportsman’s Lane in Brook Park, the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force took Samuel Charles Skelton, 29, of Cambridge into custody. Skelton is facing 12 felony charges in Pine County Court for possession of narcotics and weapons.
According to the criminal complaint, during an investigation into a death on Sportsman’s Lane a silver BMW pulled into the yard past several squad cars. Deputies recognized the driver as Skelton from other investigations. They believed him to be a supplier of controlled substances to the residence.
The deputies detained Skelton, and his two passengers, while they continued their investigation into the death. Deputies state that Skelton was acting suspiciously and attempted to move away from the area he was being detained.
Prior to placing Skelton in a squad car, deputies performed a pat search for weapons. During this search deputies found a small plastic bag that contained what was later identified as methamphetamine.
A search was then performed on Skelton’s vehicle. Inside they found a plastic bag sticking out between the driver’s seat and center console. Deputies discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in a holster as well as a crystal shard that later tested positive for methamphetamine with an uncertified weight of 14 grams.
Deputies also discovered a tool bag and black backpack in the backseat. Inside they located a semi automatic handgun that was loaded with an extended magazine that contained 18 rounds of ammunition and another magazine containing four more rounds of ammunition. They also discovered two AR-15 rifles along with soft body armor and the following ammunition:
• 9mm ammunition loose in the bag
• .223 ammunition loose in the bag
• Two boxes containing 39 rounds of 300 caliber ammunition
• One box of Sig Sauer 9mm ammunition containing 32 rounds
• Four 30-round mags that contained .223 ammunition
• One 30-round magazine containing 300 caliber black rounds
• One drum magazine containing 52 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition
A record check showed that Skelton was previously convicted of fifth, third and second degree drug crimes and has charges currently pending in both Ramsey and Isanti counties of Controlled Substance Crime in the First Degree.
If convicted on the Pine County charges Skelton is facing up to 40 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine for the possession of methamphetamine and firearm, 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine for possession of a narcotic other than heroin and 15 years and/or a $30,000 fine for each of the ten charges of possessing ammunition/firearm following a conviction of a crime of violence.
In Isanti County he is facing 30 years and/or a $1,000,000 fine for possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and another 25 years and/or $500,000 fine for the second degree drug charge.
If convicted in Ramsey County, Skelton could face up to 40 years and/or a $1,000,000 fine for each of the two first degree drug charges.