A Minneapolis-area man ordered out of a stolen vehicle by police was allegedly found to have more than 100 counterfeit oxycodone pills found to be laced with fentanyl.
Qadar Mohamed Aden, 24, of Savage, Minnesota, had plastic baggies of the pills stuffed into his right and left socks and a jacket pocket, according to the state criminal complaint filed in Dakota County.
A detention order to keep Aden behind bars was issued on Tuesday, records show.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, an officer of the Burnsville Police Department drove through the parking lot of the InTown Suites Extended Stay – a hotel located in the 2700 block of County Road 42 West.
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The officer ran the license plate of a motor vehicle and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen, the complaint says.
After backup arrived, the officer ordered any occupants to exit the vehicle, but no one came out. The officers later approached the vehicle and located Aden alone inside sitting in the driver’s seat.
During a search of Aden’s person, an officer located one baggie containing pills in Aden’s right sock, a second baggie containing pills in Aden’s jacket pocket, and a third baggie containing a substance in Aden’s left sock, according to the criminal complaint. In total, officers located more than 100 pills on Aden’s person.
The pills each had the same markings identifying them as oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.
“Although the pills were identified by their markings as oxycodone, the officer knew that pills with similar markings are commonly counterfeit and often contain fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance,” the complaint says. “The substance inside the baggie field tested positive for the presence of fentanyl and weighed approximately 1.51 grams.”
Aden “made incriminating statements following his arrest in a formal statement, such as have the pills for personal use,” the complaint adds.
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He is facing two felony counts – controlled substance crime in the third degree for possession of a narcotic of 50 or more dosage units and controlled substance crime in the fifth degree for possession of Schedule I, II, III, or IV classified controlled substances except for a small amount of marijuana.