News Release
December 12, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Distribution of Crack Cocaine and “Killer Heroin” Equals Life in Prison For St. Paul Resident

DEC 12 -- (Minneapolis) Kevin Joseph Fenner, 41, of St Paul, Minnesota was sentenced December 9, 2009 by U.S. Chief Court Judge Michael Davis to life in prison. The sentencing is the result of 2006 investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, St Paul Police Department and the Minneapolis Police Department into the distribution of “killer heroin” and crack cocaine on the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Fenner was sentenced to life in prison on one count of conspiracy and one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine; and to 360 months on one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. All sentences will run concurrently.

Fenner was sentenced under a federal recidivist law that mandates a life sentence for large scale drug traffickers who commit their crimes after two or more prior felony drug convictions. Fenner has five prior felony drug convictions.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Fenner will spend the rest of his life in prison,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division which covers the state of Minnesota. “However, that is the consequence of distributing deadly and illegal narcotics on the street. DEA is grateful for our law enforcement partnership with the St Paul and Minneapolis Police Departments as well as the United States Attorney’s Office, all of which contributed to the success of this investigation.”

During the course of the investigation into Fenner’s drug distribution network, police arranged three undercover purchases of crack cocaine and fentanyl from Fenner and his co-conspirators. Fentanyl is an analgesic narcotic that is described as being 40 times more powerful than heroin. Several overdose deaths in Midwestern cities to include St Paul have been attributed to the abuse of fentanyl. On June 23, 2006, Fenner was stopped by police near the intersection of Dale Street and Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Fenner had his 5-year old child and 14-year old nephew in the car with him, and was found in possession of approximately 80 grams of cocaine, which was hidden in his crotch area.

During a search warrant at Fenner’s residence, police recovered a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver under Fenner’s mattress and more than $7,000 cash in a safe. In a bedroom belonging to co-conspirator Eric Robert Hargove, 40, officers found approximately 1 ¼ ounces of crack cocaine, 1 ½ ounces of fentanyl, and $2,900 in cash. Hargrove pleaded guilty in November 2006. Fenner and another co-conspirator, Eric Dion Davis, 41 of St. Paul, were convicted after a jury trial in January 2007. Davis was sentenced to 151 months in prison and five years supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen.