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Continued: Cartels pipe heroin, death into the heartland

  • Article by: PAUL MCENROE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 24, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Wilton orders her to jail for an addiction evaluation. “I’m trying to figure out if you know how bad this is for your baby — somebody who can’t fight back, who doesn’t stand a chance,’’ he says. “I know this addiction is terrible. But if you are not going to protect your baby, then I will.’’

A week later, Griffith is back in his courtroom, in handcuffs, and Wilton must decide whether to keep her in jail or send her to treatment. She tells the judge that, in the end, it was cheaper to buy heroin than to pay for the methadone. Wilton sends her to treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

Her baby, whom she will name Jackson, will be born any day. He’ll be addicted too, and will go on methadone shortly after he’s born.

 

Paul McEnroe • 612-673-1745









 

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