Police arrest 3 in north Fargo in connection with heroin overdose investigation

Joe Kiedrowski / Fargo Police Department
Joe Kiedrowski / Fargo Police Department

FARGO — A Fargo couple and a woman from Ottertail, Minn., were arrested in north Fargo on Thursday, Jan. 17, and are facing drug charges after an investigation related to recent heroin overdoses in Fargo and Otter Tail County.

The arrest turned dramatic on Thursday morning about 10:35 a.m. at 3414 Birdie St. N. when the Fargo man wanted in the investigation — 39-year-old Joseph Kiedrowski — jumped from second-story window of the home with detectives on the scene unable to immediately apprehend him.

Police followed footprints in the snow to a nearby house where they noticed the rear garage door of the home had been damaged and had a small amount of blood on it.

Police then contacted the homeowner, who wasn't at the house, and determined that no one should have been in the residence.

With the help of a police dog, a team of officers entered the garage, didn't find the suspect and found the door into the home was locked.

Officers forced the door open as a key wasn't available and as soon as they did, Kiedrowski made verbal contact with officers stating he would come out peacefully.

He was arrested without incident and besides a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, he also faces a burglary charge.

Arrested at the home were Billie Jo McGinnis-Kiedrowski, 39, also of Fargo, on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and Gina Steyn, 47, of Ottertail, for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Another woman in the home at the time of the arrest wasn't charged. However, police said the investigation is ongoing and other individuals may be charged.

Besides the Fargo police narcotics unit, also involved in the investigation were the Metro Street Crimes Unit, the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.