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Court appearances set for defendants in Crosby drug bust

Second court appearances were scheduled for defendants charged with drug sale and possession after a bust Feb. 16 at a home located within 300 feet of the Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby.

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Clockwise - Top left: Bobbi Jean Peterson, Top right: Anthony Wayne LaPointe, Bottom right: Thomas Lyle Styx, Bottom left: Joseph Curtis Zontelli

Second court appearances were scheduled for defendants charged with drug sale and possession after a bust Feb. 16 at a home located within 300 feet of the Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Feb. 16 at a home on the 400 block of Fifth Avenue, Crosby. Law enforcement knocked on the door and upon receiving no response, the tactical team breached the front door, court documents stated. Four people were at the home were arrested.

Anthony Wayne LaPointe, 32, Pine River, and Bobbi Jean Peterson, 30, Crosby, were each charged in Crow Wing County District Court for second-degree sale of narcotics and third-degree drug possession of having 10 grams or more of a narcotic. LaPointe was also charged with third-degree sale of a narcotic. Thomas Lyle Styx, 53, Winona, and Joseph Curtis Zontelli, 38, Crosby, were arrested and charged with third-degree possession of a narcotic in a school zone.

According to the probable cause court documents filed against the defendants, the following was seized: a sunglasses case containing drug paraphernalia, which included numerous unused baggies; a pre-packaged clear plastic baggie with 1.8 grams of methamphetamine; a pre-packaged clear plastic baggie with a crystal substance weighing 3.3 grams; a pre-packaged clear plastic baggie with 8.4 grams of meth; two butane torches; two hypodermic needles; a marijuana pipe; a small amount of marijuana; spoon with burned residue and cotton balls, which field tested positive for meth; and an envelope containing numerous hypodermic needles.

A Crosby police officer conducted a traffic stop Feb. 9 on a vehicle leaving the home, which contained a quantity of meth, and the driver indicated he was at the home and picked up marijuana and cash from LaPointe.

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LaPointe's next court appearance is March 6. LaPointe is still in jail and bond was set for $150,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. Peterson's next court appearance also is March 6. She is still in jail, and bond was set for $125,000 without conditions or $40,000 with conditions. Zontelli, whose next court date has not yet been scheduled, is also in custody and bond was set for $100,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions.

Styx posted bail and was released from jail. His next court appearance is scheduled April 3.

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