Seven people face charges after drug-related arrests in Monticello

Seven people have been charged in Wright County District Court in connection with a July 2 series of arrests completed by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit.

Search warrants executed in the 6800 block of Gingham Court led to the seizure of methamphetamine and stolen property.

The recovered stolen property was linked to burglaries and thefts from vehicles that occurred in the Monticello area, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

Assistant Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes confirmed the following seven people arrested last week had been charged:

Kristina Jensen, 29, Coon Rapids, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; Tracey Habiger, 36, Monticello, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; Jennifer Bauer, 35, Monticello, receiving stolen property and possession of a legend drug (Oxycodone); Justin Burgess, 25, Blaine, receiving stolen property; Seth Leonard, 36, Buffalo, receiving stolen property; Jeryl Hanson, 50, Buffalo, receiving stolen property and Tamara Brown, 36, Monticello, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

The complaints filed against the seven allege the following: When executing the search warrant at one of the addresses in the 6800 block of Gingham Court, officers discovered a blue cloth tackle box and recognized it as an item that had recently been reported stolen from the area.

Officers confirmed with a theft victim that the tackle box located during the search was the one that had been stolen.

The tackle box contained a large amount of fishing equipment. The property in the stolen tackle box was valued at $700.

Bauer admitted she had been given the tackle box from a person across the street.

Bauer admitted to officers she believed the tackle box had been stolen. During the execution of another search warrant, officers located Hanson exiting an upstairs bedroom on the northeast side of the residence.

In the bedroom where Hanson had exited, officers found a zip top baggie that contained a white crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine with a weight of 2.1 grams, the complaint stated.

The bedroom also contained glass bulb pipes with white residue used to smoke methamphetamine and other zip top baggies. Officers found Burgess exiting the northwest bedroom, the complaint stated.

Officers found additional glass bulb pipes with white residue in them, glass bongs, and zip top baggies.

The glass bulb pipes and bongs were out in the open and were accessible to others in the residence.

Three children, ages five, seven and 13, were living in the residence and were present during execution of the search warrant, the complaint stated.

According to the complaint, Brown, the children’s mother, was present during the execution of the search warrant and had emerged from the northeast bedroom when officers arrived to execute the search warrant.

When officers arrived to execute the search warrant, they located Leonard in the entryway of the residence. Brown told Wright County law enforcement officers she was letting Leonard to stay in the residence and said that they were staying in the northeast bedroom together.

Leonard stated in the complaint that the items of methamphetamine paraphernalia found in the northeast bedroom belonged to him.

Brown said Hanson had been staying in the residence for the last few days and was using the northwest bedroom.

Since there were numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in open locations in the residence, including items used to ingest methamphetamine, officers concluded Brown and Hanson were actively using methamphetamine together and were permitting the children to be exposed to items of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Brown, Burgess, Leonard and Hanson were also charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult.

During the execution of the warrant, Wright County officers located numerous items of personal property throughout the residence and confirmed these items had recently been stolen in the area.

The items included three sets of golf clubs, a miter saw, three weed whackers, a sprayer unit on a trailer, a chain saw, a socket kit, and a car stereo.

The items of stolen property were stored in the open, and according to the criminal complaint, the items had a value in excess of $1,000.

When officers entered a different residence in the 6800 block of Gingham Court, they found Habiger sleeping in a lower level bedroom.

On a nightstand officers found a small brown glass vile and a bubble pipe with a white residue in it.

Officers recognized the pipe as one commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, the complaint stated.

The glass vile contained a small amount of a white crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine with a weight of .14 grams.

Officers located a backpack hanging on the wall next to where the defendant had been sleeping, the complaint stated.

The backpack contained a wallet that held a Minnesota identification card and a small black canvas bag was found inside the backpack.

A small zip top baggie with a white crystal substance was found inside the canvas bag.

The complaint stated the crystal substance field tested positive with a weight of .18 grams and Habiger possessed a total of .32 grams of meth.

Officers located Jensen sleeping in a downstairs bedroom in the same Gingham
Court residence, finding a purse in the bedroom. According to the complaint, a small plastic container with  two pills was found in the purse.

The pills were identified as Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Jensen did not have a prescription for the pills, the complaint stated.

Contact Tim Hennagir at [email protected]