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2014 Crow Wing Co. drug case almost wrapped up

A drug bust last year where seven people were arrested on methamphetamine and/or firearm charges has resulted in five convictions, dismissals for two and one failing to appear in court who has a warrant out for his arrest.

A drug bust last year where seven people were arrested on methamphetamine and/or firearm charges has resulted in five convictions, dismissals for two and one failing to appear in court who has a warrant out for his arrest.

The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed a search warrant March 27, 2014, at a residence located on the 1500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast in Brainerd. The search warrant was in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of meth in the Crow Wing County area. As a result of the search warrant, meth and firearms were recovered, including a sawed-off firearm with the serial number removed.

Below is the status of each defendant, according to their court records:

• Sherissa Lynn Bryan, 25, Walker, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs and possession of a firearm, where the serial number or other identification was altered.

The possession of a firearm was dismissed and she was convicted and sentenced July 25, 2014, by Judge Richard Zimmerman on fifth-degree drug possession to 90 days in Crow Wing County Jail and supervised probation for five years.

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Bryan was released in Aug. 21, 2014, from Crow Wing County Jail to enter an in-patient treatment at Recovery Plus in St. Cloud. If she failed to return to jail she would be charged with escaping from custody.

• Amber Kayanne Fiedler, 29, Brainerd, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced April 10 by Judge Earl Maus to 13 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee with sentence stayed for 10 years for fifth-degree possession of drugs. The drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed.

• Jerrad William Kingbird, 20, Brainerd, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. On May 7, 2014, Kingbird failed to appear in court for an omnibus hearing and a warrant was issued. He is still at large.

• Kaitlin Marie Litke, 22, Hillman, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were dismissed Aug. 18, 2014, because of "prosecutorial discretion."

• Nicholas Allen Simmonds, 30, Merrifield, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were dismissed on Oct. 7, 2014, because of "prosecutorial discretion."

• Aaron Derrick Swanson, 31, Brainerd, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs; possession of a firearm, where the serial number or other identification was altered; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced Feb. 9 by Judge Earl Maus to five years of supervised probation by the Crow Wing County Probation office for fifth-degree drug possession. The other counts were dismissed.

• Raymond Michael Weber, 43, Cold Spring, was charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs. He was sentenced Nov. 13, 2014, by Judge David Ten Eyck to 12 months and one day in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. He also was sentenced Oct. 20, 2014, to 74 months in Stearns County District Court for first-degree drug sale.

According to the criminal complaints filed against the suspects in 2014:

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• Drug agents found the following in a bedroom along with Swanson and Bryan: A bolt action .22-caliber weapon, with a sawed-off barrel and rear stock and the serial number was filed off; a digital scale; a flashlight with a glass vial inside. The vial was a small baggie with white crystals inside, which were later tested positive for methamphetamine. Two prescription bottles with pills inside were found, as well as two baggies located on a chair in the bedroom with white residue inside, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

• In the kitchen and living areas, where Litke, Kingbird and Simmonds were located, agents found: A set of keys that had a container that twisted open, found inside a coat pocket. Inside was a clear container with a white crystalline substance inside. In another coat pocket, was a glass pipe coated with methamphetamine.

• Next to the couch, in a Marlboro bag were documents containing Simmonds' name. Two bottles inside contained prescription pills. Neither bottle was for prescription pills, nor were there any names on them.

• Fiedler was located in a bedroom where a small, clear baggie containing methamphetamine was found, as well as a glass pipe commonly used for smoking narcotics.

• Weber and Swanson were located in a vehicle parked in front of the house. The agents found a folding knife, a plastic container with a gold top containing a syringe with a loaded needle and ties, a zippered pouch with a metal container with numerous items of contraband and methamphetamine.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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