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Two charged with distributing cocaine in Duluth

A 39-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were charged after law enforcement officers found cocaine packaged for sale while executing search warrants in Duluth this week.

Edell Jackson of Duluth was charged Thursday in State District Court with first-degree sale of a controlled substance; Ashley Robinson of Milwaukee was charged with third-degree sale of a controlled substance. Jackson remained in the St. Louis County Jail on $200,000 bail and Robinson remained in jail on $35,000 bail on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson and Robinson were arrested without incident after they were stopped by investigators on the 4800 block of Burning Tree Road, according to the Duluth Police Department. At the time of his arrest, Jackson was on supervised release from the Minnesota Department of Corrections; he has previous drug-related convictions.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed search warrants on Jackson’s two residences on the 100 block of North 56th Avenue West and on the 2200 block of West Second Street, and on Jackson’s Lexus.

Officers found 13.8 grams of crack cocaine in individual packages on Jackson and 147.7 grams of cocaine in his vehicle. At the residence on West Second Street, investigators found drug packaging and digital scales and 0.32 grams of cocaine.

At the residence on North 56th Avenue West, where Jackson’s mother resides and Jackson frequently stays, investigators allegedly found 17.9 grams of cocaine in a dresser adjacent to where Jackson’s 6-year-old son was playing video games.

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