Update, 8:07 p.m.:
Aaron Boogaard has been released from custody and his lawyer made this statement…
“We are pleased that Aaron Boogaard is with his family, having been released from custody by both Hennepin County and U.S. immigration authorities. We will address the allegations in court rather than in the media, but note that Aaron was and remains devastated by his brother’s death. The entire Boogaard family has suffered tremendous loss and we ask that you respect their privacy as they continue to mourn the death of Derek.”
Update, 4:09 p.m.:
Paul Walsh at Minneapolis Star reports that the accusations against Aaron Boogaard say he controlled the NHL tough guy’s addictive drugs, then flushed the pills down the toilet before authorities found the body. From Hennepin Sheriff’s office…
Aaron routinely supplied his brother with drugs, and “it is our understanding that Aaron kept his brother’s non-prescribed, illegal drugs and attempted to parcel them out on some kind of limited basis,” said County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Here’s video of the Hennepin County Attorney Freeman…
Update, 1:26 p.m.:
Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Aaron Boogaard has been charged with two counts: 3rd degree sale of controlled substance (felony) and interference with the scene of death (gross misdemeanor).
…don’t like hearing he was messing with the crime scene.
Matt McKinney at the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the investigation into the overdose-related death of Derek Boogaard has led to the arrest of his 24-year-old brother Arron on Wednesday in Minneapolis on suspicion of prescription fraud/possession of prescription pills.
Aaron, a Canadian national from Regina, Saskatchewan, is being held at the Hennepin County jail on the drug arrest and on a federal immigration hold, according to the jail’s website. 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.
Aaron Boogard’s attorney, Lindsay Sokolowski, issued a statement in response to the arrest:
“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.”
…a tragic event just got that much worse. My prayers go out to the Boogaard family.
…h/t to Mike over at Bleeding All Blue.