Four charged in marijuana sting
Four suspects were charged in Hubbard County District Court Tuesday with one count each of felony third-degree controlled substance crime, accomplice.
Those charged are Tyler Charles Englund, 47, of Park Rapids; Molly Rose Riewer, 22, of Osage, Minn.; Talora Ann Smith, 62, of Park Rapids; and James Bernard Young, 67, of Park Rapids. They are charged with possession of 10 or more kilograms of marijuana.
At 10 a.m. Monday, a Hubbard County deputy with members of the West Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence owned by Young and Smith in Arago Township of Hubbard County. All four of those charged were present at the time of the search.
According to the criminal complaint, officers found approximately 97 mature marijuana plants in several grow rooms in hydroponic solutions. The officers also located several bags of processed marijuana in outbuildings.
Englund said Young hired him and Riewer to take care of the grow operation, the complaint states. He also installed an alarm system to alert them if vehicles came one the property. The complaint states when officers entered the property to execute the search warrant, Young yelled "Cops!" and tried to hide.
The plants and contraband were taken into evidence. Also found at the residence, according to the complaint, were drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun.
Englund has prior drug convictions in 2007, 1995 and 1993. Young is a convicted felon for drug trafficking in 2002.
All four are in custody in Hubbard County Jail.