Burnsville Man Charged with Cocaine Possession in Minneapolis

Police say Eric Lamar Butler had both marijuana and cocaine in his pockets when he was arrested June 28.

A Burnsville man has been charged with felony drug possession in Minneapolis in late June.

Eric Lamar Butler, 29, is charged with fifth-degree possession of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Butler remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $3,000 bond. He is also being held on an outstanding warrant charging him with violating a no-contact order, also a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police were called to 19th Avenue and Park Avenue South just after 3:30 a.m. June 28 on a narcotics complaint.

The caller told police that a woman was smoking crack cocaine while walking down the street. Officers found the woman, who was accompanied by Butler.

While police spoke to the couple, Butler kept his hands in his pockets and was “looking around evasively,” according to the complaint. He admitted to police that he had a bag of marijuana in his back pocket; when officers searched him, they found bags of marijuana and a bag containing .81 grams of cocaine, the complaint charges.

Police also learned that Butler had an active felony warrant for violating a no-contact order in Bloomington.

An omnibus hearing in Butler’s latest case is scheduled July 12 in Hennepin County District Court.


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