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Five charged following drug bust
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Five individuals were arraigned Friday in District Court in Hubbard County on charges brought following execution of a search warrant the previous evening.

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Hubbard County deputies, members of the Hubbard/Wadena County Emergency Response Unit and a trooper from the Minnesota State Patrol executed the search warrant at approximately 8:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Brandon and Sandra Chase residence at 16941 Bounty Dr., southeast of Park Rapids.

Seized were hallucinogenic mushrooms, several jars containing processed marijuana, several packages containing processed marijuana, Oxycodone tablets, several growing marijuana plants along with marijuana smoking devices and paraphernalia as well as "grow lights" and several firearms.

Officers also took into evidence such items as a child's bottle, child cups, formula and toys to show the presence of a child.

Arrested and taken into custody were: Brandon August Chase, 41, and Sandra Lee Chase, 43, both of 16941 Bounty Dr. Both are charged with fifth degree controlled substance crime -sale, fifth degree controlled substance crime - possession and endangerment of a child.

Gregory August Chase, 20, who lives at the same address, was charged with fifth degree controlled substance crime - possession, conspiracy to sell or manufacture and endangerment of a child.

Stacy Clare Wellman, 19, of 15367 Co. Rd. 6, Park Rapids, is charged with conspiracy to sell and/or manufacture marijuana and endangerment of a child.

Joshua Allen Krech, 22, also of 16941 Bounty Dr., is charged with conspiracy to sell and/or manufacture marijuana.

All five individuals were arraigned in Hubbard County District Court Friday. Bail was set as follows: $1,000 for Brandon and Sandra Chase and Joshua Krech and $500 for Gregory Chase and Stacy Wellman.

The felony drug charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. The conspiracy charge, also a felony, carries a maximum penalty of 2.5 years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

The gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

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