Authorities seize 3 pounds of meth, charge four after Beltrami County bust

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From left: Herman Velasquez, Christopher Trisco, Rebecca Trisco and Rolanda Velasquez.

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji couple and two men face first-degree drug charges after a large methamphetamine bust Monday.

A confidential informant met Rolando and Herman Velasquez, of Iowa and Texas, respectively, and rode with them to Christopher and Rebecca Trisco’s home in Beltrami County, where the informant purchased more than a pound of methamphetamine, according to court documents filed Thursday morning.

Law enforcement agents then arrested the Velasquezes and searched the Triscos’ residence. There, they found approximately 1,524 grams -- more than three pounds -- of methamphetamine.

According to their respective criminal complaints: Christopher Trisco told police he purchased approximately three pounds of meth from the Velasquezes and that Rebecca, his wife, usually sells it for him. Herman Velasquez told authorities he drove up from Texas and dropped off more than four pounds of meth with Christopher Trisco, and that Monday was not the first delivery he’s made. Rolando Velasquez admitted he and Herman sold the meth to the Triscos and said he had been to their home before to pick up money for Herman. Rebecca Trisco said she usually sells the methamphetamine for $1,200 per ounce, but prefers to sell it in smaller increments to make more money.

All four appeared in Beltrami County court Thursday, but their next court dates were not available as of Thursday evening.