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Arrests made in Drug Overdose Death Investigation


After arrest warrants were issued on Tuesday, Red Wing Police have arrested two individuals in connection to the investigation into the January 10th drug overdose death of a juvenile male in Red Wing.


44-year-old Deshawn Smith of Red Wing was arrested on a warrant for 3rd Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Manslaughter, and drug charges and was booked and held at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center. A 15-year old male was also arrested Tuesday and transported to a secure juvenile detention facility.


Earlier this year, on January 10, Red Wing Police Department and Red Wing Fire Department were dispatched to a medical call on 16th Street in Red Wing.


A 14-year-old juvenile male was found unresponsive by his parents at the residence. Despite medical efforts provided by personnel at the scene, the juvenile male was pronounced dead.

The Red Wing Police Department immediately began a lengthy investigation into the circumstances of the case and the death was determined to be related to a drug overdose.


The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, Southeast Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team, the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, and the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office assisted throughout the course of the investigation.


Investigation into this case is continuing.

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