Alexis Danielle Billing, 23, of Park Rapids, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of third-degree controlled substance crime.
The original first-degree charge was reduced in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on Jan. 18, 2019, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Service notified the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force about a package that had been delivered to a Ponsford residence from a suspected meth source in San Bernardino, Calif.
Two other packages from the same California address had been delivered to Mahnomen in November and December of 2018.
The investigator was focused on accused meth distributor Steven Greenfeather and his connection to Ponsford, according to court records.
On Feb. 13, 2019, a task force agent was notified by the postal inspector about a package shipped from the suspect address in San Bernardino to Ponsford.
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After a drug dog “hit” on the package, it was opened at the Fargo Post Office, and was found to contain 992 grams -- or more than 2 pounds -- of vacuum-packed meth.
The package was resealed and sent on to the Ponsford Post Office without the meth.
Surveillance was set up there and, on Feb. 15, 2019, a vehicle driven by Bruguier, with Billing as a passenger, arrived at the post office, according to court records. Billing went inside and picked up the package. Both were arrested and questioned.
While Bruguier was talking to agents, his phone rang with a call from Greenfeather, asking if he got the package. Bruguier replied that he did, and Greenfeather instructed him on weighing and distributing the contents of the package.
Billing eventually admitted knowing there would be meth inside the package. Greenfeather was indicted in federal court “for his role in this conspiracy,” according to court records.
On Jan. 29, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Billing to 39 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed 10 years. He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for two days served. She can serve her time on electronic home monitoring at her own expense.
She was fined $1,000 plus $1,075 in court fees, and ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She must get a complete diagnostic assessment and follow the conditions of her mental health provider. Billing was placed on supervised probation for 10 years.
Wrong-colored pickup leads to bust of Perham man
Jacob Alan Hariluk, 36, of Perham, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
A felony charge of third-degree controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on April 26, 2020, Hariluk was a passenger in a green GMC Sierra pickup truck on Highway 10 in Becker County. A trooper pulled it over because the truck was supposed to be red, according to its registration. Also the driver and front-seat passenger were not wearing seatbelts.
The trooper smelled marijuana inside the truck, and a search revealed two baggies of meth, with a total weight of 12 grams, inside the center console.
On Jan. 29, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Hariluk to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 63 days in jail, with credit for 63 days served.
He must pay $1,150 in court fees, and get chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.
St. Paul woman sentenced for meth
Shannon Diane Goodman, 31, of St. Paul, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Oct. 3, 2020, she was pulled over by a deputy for driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone in Becker County. The officer saw furtive movement among passengers, ordered them out, and found a short-barreled shotgun in the vehicle. About a gram of meth was also found in a bag that contained mail addressed to Goodman.
On Jan. 29, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Goodman to 17 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years. She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 12 days served. Sentencing to Service privileges were approved.
She must pay $1,150 in court fees, and get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for five years.
Stolen property, assault charges dropped against Detroit Lakes man
Steven Wayne Barnes, 30, of Detroit Lakes has had a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, the stolen property charge stemmed from November 2019, when authorities discovered that Barnes and another man had been living in a stolen 2019 Forest River Rockwood pull-behind travel trailer. It had been stolen from a Moorhead dealership and was valued at $37,410. The two men were living in it at a residence on Highway 34 near the Otter Tail River.
The domestic assault charge stemmed from Sept. 8, 2019, when Barnes punched his girlfriend twice in the back of the head as they were driving on Highway 34 east of Detroit Lakes. She pulled over, and he ran into the woods after she called 911. He told officers that both he and his girlfriend had been aggressive.
The two charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement on Jan. 27, when Barnes was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.
Stolen property charge dropped against Ponsford woman
Mary Rose Thompson, 27, of Ponsford, has had a felony charge of receiving stolen property dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, on Dec. 18, 2019, she was pulled over while driving a stolen 2013 gold-colored Ford Taurus westbound on Highway 34 near Twin Haven Estates mobile home park in Becker County.
The Taurus was reported stolen two days earlier in Fargo, by a man who loaned it to a friend to pick up Thompson. The car was never returned and was involved in multiple gas drive-offs.
The charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement on Jan. 27, when Thompson was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.