Certainly not father of the year material. What a scumbag.

Charges: Duluth man allegedly had daughter hold heroin
By Tom Olsen on Mar 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

An anonymous tip from the public led to the arrest of a repeat drug offender and the seizure of more than 27 grams of heroin last week, according to police.

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Roy Joseph Defoe Jr., 58, was charged this week with first-degree possession of more than 25 grams of heroin after a search warrant was executed at his residence, 832 E. Second St.

Authorities said multiple minor children were in the home at the time of the search, and Defoe allegedly had his daughter hold onto the drugs because she was the “only one in the residence he trusted with it.”

“Not only is the quantity of the heroin inconsistent with personal use,” Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Kristen Swanson wrote in a letter to the court, “but he put his own family and the general public at risk by possessing the heroin and facilitating the introduction of the substance into the community.”

Defoe, who has at least four drug convictions on his record, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the charge. Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke set his bail at $75,000 on Monday.

According to a criminal complaint:

An anonymous citizen contacted police on March 23 to report that Defoe was selling heroin from his residence.

Police and probation officers did a check-in at the home the following day, finding eight people inside. While searching the house, officers were directed to an eyeglass case in Defoe’s daughter’s bedroom.

The case held a plastic bag containing 27.7 grams of a substance that was later determined to be heroin.

The defendant’s daughter, whose age is not listed in the complaint, told police that her father had asked her to hold the heroin for safekeeping because she does not use the substance.

Police said Defoe admitted that the heroin belonged to him, but claimed he was just holding it for another person. During his arrest, four individually packaged bindles of heroin were also recovered from his jacket pocket.

Defoe pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in St. Louis County in 2014 and remains on probation. Swanson said prosecutors will seek to have a three-year prison sentence executed in that case.

His record also includes three convictions for selling and possessing drugs in Carlton County, dating back to 1989.

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