Thursday, July 21, 2011

Aaron Boogaard Arrested in Minneapolis on Drug Related Charges

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Aaron Boogaard, the brother the late Derek Boogard, has been arrested in Minneapolis on drug charges.  The charges revolve around suspicion of prescription fraud/possession of prescription pills and he is being held on an immigration hold.  Beyond the issue of his arrest is timing of these alleged violations.
The Minneapolis police record listing Aaron Boogaard's arrest says that the date and time of his alleged crime is May 13, the day that family members found Derek Boogaard, 28, dead in his Warehouse District apartment.

The arrest resulted from the investigation into Derek Boogaard's death, said Minneapolis police Capt. Amelia Huffman. The details of the allegation have not yet been made public. The Hennepin County Attorney's office has until noon Friday to charge him with a crime.
Regarding any possible linkage between the charges against Aaron Boogaard for prescription drugs and the fact that Derek was determined to have died from mixing prescription drugs and alcohol was refuted by Boogard’s attorney in a statement.
"This a very unfortunate circumstance and we believe Aaron is involved because he may have potential information about a larger investigation. One thing is certain, the charges brought against Aaron have nothing to do with his brother, Derek Boogaard's death.  The family continues to grieve the loss of Derek and is troubled by this turn of events, which makes the pain for the family even more difficult."
The Boogaard family has been through such tragedy over the past few months and this issue with Aaron, if he is formally charged, is yet another thing that they have to cope with.