Community activist accused of selling drugs

November 20, 2018 09:04 PM

James Cross with Natives Against Heroin is known throughout his people as a community activist. But there are some individuals within his neighborhood who say he's contributing to the downfall of his people by selling them drugs.

On Friday, Nov. 16,  a search warrant was filed. The warrant states that during the course of an investigation in September, community members visiting and living in the tent encampment told officers that a community organizer with the group N.A.H. was involved in selling heroin in the tent camp. This person had been identified by the concerned citizen as James Cross.


While under surveillance the warrant states Cross often entered a variety of tents for brief stops. One of the tents Cross has been going into is occupied by a known heroin dealer. 

The search warrant covered IP logs, dates and times of his logins, email addresses, zip codes and his Facebook page, along with all of the content on it. The warrant says the evidence tends to show a crime or a person committed a crime.

Drug use and overdoses at the tent city is a real problem. On Tuesday, Hennepin Emergency Medical Services offered overdose first aid training for leaders of the encampment.

John Buehlmann is with the Minneapolis American Indian Center. 

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"They're doing what they can but you don't know what happened so I don't want to say anything on it," he said, when asked about Cross.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with Cross' twin brother.  He told KSTP Cross was probably running around trying to find a lawyer, when asked his whereabouts.

KSTP tried reaching out to Cross several times but was unable to get in touch with him.

There are no charges filed at this time.

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