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Five arrested in Bagley drug bust
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BAGLEY -- Five people have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drug bust in Clearwater County.

The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department and Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force were watching the individuals since January, according to court documents. The investigation into illegal drug sales in Clearwater County was completed Wednesday.

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The Clearwater County Attorney’s Office reported that task force officers along with Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputies Shane Powell, Joe Weems and Chief Deputy Darin Halverson, together with Chief Larry Peterson of the Bagley Police Department and Brandon Larson of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office simultaneously arrested five defendants at two local Bagley residences and a Shevlin location Tuesday.

All five individuals appeared in Clearwater County District Court on Wednesday.

Martin Norgaard, 22, of Shevlin is charged with three counts of third-degree controlled substance. If convicted, Norgaard faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each charge each. Norgaard is also charged with three counts fourth-degree controlled substance which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count. Norgaard is currently in custody at the Clearwater County Jail. His bail was determined by the court at $20,000 unconditional release and $10,000 conditional release upon conditions.

In late January, Norgaard sold Hydrocodone and Oxycodone and to a confidential informant in Bagley, court documents said. Norgaard’s criminal history includes theft and drug possession.

Thomas Shook, 44, of Bagley is charged with one count of second-degree controlled substance. Shook faces a maximum penalty of three to 40 years in prison and fine of $500,000. Shook also is charged with one count of fourth-degree controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 and one count of fifth-degree controlled substance carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison and fine of $10,000. Shook is in custody in the Clearwater County Jail. His bail was determined by the court at $40,000 unconditional release and $20,000 conditional release upon conditions.

According to court documents, Shook sold acetaminophen/hydrocodone to an informant in February and methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Bagley, also in February. Shook’s criminal history includes domestic assault and drug possession.

Steven Tanner, 26, of Bagley is charged with one count of fourth-degree controlled substance. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $100,000. Tanner is also charged with two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $10,000 fine for each offense. Tanner is in custody at the Clearwater County Jail. His bail was determined by the court at $20,000 unconditional release and $10,000 conditional release upon conditions.

Tanner sold Clonazepam to a confidential informant in Bagley in February, according to the court documents.

Eric Dacus, 39, of Bagley is charged with one count of second-degree controlled substance. Dacus faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a fine of $500,000. Dacus is in custody at the Clearwater County Jail. His bail was determined by the court at $50,000 unconditional release and $30, 000 conditional release upon conditions.

Dacus sold methamphetamine to an informant in Bagley in late February, court documents said.

Linda Elam, 45, of Bagley is charged with one count of fourth-degree controlled substance. Elam faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of $100,000. Elam is also charged with one count of fifth-degree controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and fine of $10,000. Elam is currently in custody at the Clearwater County Jail. Her bail was determined by the court at $20,000 unconditional release and $10,000 conditional release upon conditions.

Elam sold acetaminophen/hydrocodone to an informant in Bagley, also in late February, court documents said.

Audio recordings and recorded drug task force bills were used in exchanges with all defendants. One 9.5 gram methamphetamine purchase was for $1,000.

A search of the Minnesota Court Information System yielded no criminal history for Dacus, Elam or Tanner.

All five are scheduled to appear in Clearwater County District Court on April 30.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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