A 56-year-old St. Paul man is in custody this week on charges that he sold heroin to an undercover police officer in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

According to a criminal complaint filed Nov. 27, Larry Carter was in contact with a confidential informant, and agreed to come Wisconsin if he could get $200 for one gram of heroin. 

The exchange allegedly took place inside an undercover officer’s car at the St. Croix Falls Wal-Mart. The officer exchanged $200 for a small, .4 gram bag. Carter is also alleged to have offered the officer a discount on an additional one-gram purchase for $150. The amount he tried to sell later measured .4 grams, but the officer did not have the cash on hand to complete the purchase.

Carter was arrested and all of the drugs tested positive for heroin according to police reports.

Polk County has historically seen very few heroin-related cases, with less than five on record for the last several years.

Carter was charged with manufacturing/delivering heroin, and possession with intent to deliver. Because of previous drug-related convictions in Minnesota, all of the charges are repeat offenses that will carry stiffer penalties if found guilty. 

Carter is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. He pled not guilty but the court found sufficient evidence to hold him over for trial. Further court proceedings have been scheduled for December 29.

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