Five charged in undercover drug operation

Five people have been charged in connection with an undercover drug operation led by the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force and the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department.

On Friday, Nov. 23, agents from the task force and sheriff’s department executed a search warrant at a residence along the 29300 block of Raven Street NW in Bradford Township.

The warrant was based upon two controlled substance purchases by the task force. Information provided by a confidential informant in two controlled substance purchases were completed within a 90-day time period, the last of which was within 72 hours of the warrant execution, and the informant indicated the sellers had additional marijuana to sell on this date.

The following were charged before Judge Gabriel Giancoloa in Isanti County District Court on Monday, Nov. 26:

Jerry Pontosa White, Sr., 45, Isanti: Felony 3rd degree narcotic sale-conspiracy to commit; felony 3rd degree narcotic sale. Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions.

Jerry Pontosa White, Jr., 21, Isanti: Felony 3rd degree narcotic sale-conspiracy to commit; felony 3rd degree narcotic sale; felony 5th degree drug sale; felony 5th degree drug sale. Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions.

Melissa Ann White, 47, Isanti: Felony 3rd degree narcotic sale; felony 3rd degree narcotic sale. Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions.

The following were charged before Judge P. Hunter Anderson in Isanti County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 27:

Logan James Hackley, 21, St. Francis: Felony 5th degree drug possession. Bail was set at $13,000 without conditions or $6,000 with conditions.

Mitchell Jay Sikkink, 22, Cambridge: Felony 5th degree drug possession. Bail was set at $10,000 without conditions or $1,000 with conditions.

According to the criminal complaint:

At approximately 2:16 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, the sheriff’s deputies entered the house on Raven Street NW where White, Sr. was located in the living room.

White, Jr., Sikkink and Hackley were located inside a locked bedroom. The odor of burnt marijuana could be smelled inside the bedroom, and several items of drug paraphernalia, including pipes, were found in the bedroom.

Deputies also found a black duffel bag that contained glass containers, a glass bubble pipe consistent with methamphetamine smoking devices and a white powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also inside the bedroom were three bags that contained a substance that tested positive for marijuana. The bags contained an excess of 42.5 grams of marijuana.

Melissa White was located in the basement, and was detained.

The first controlled buy occurred on Oct. 19 where a confidential informant purchased one-half ounce of marijuana from White, Jr. The original agreement was for the purchase of one ounce of marijuana and 10 prescription pills. However, the informant only received one-half ounce of marijuana and no prescription pills. White, Jr. told the informant he would make it up in the next deal.

On Nov. 21, the second controlled buy occurred where White, Jr. set up via text message a deal where he would sell the informant five Vicodin and 10 Percocet. These were in compensation for the previous buy in October where White, Jr. had shorted the informant.

The informant arrived at White Jr.’s parents’ home on Raven Street NW to complete the sale. The informant met with White, Sr. and Melissa White to complete the sale. The controlled substances were provided to the informant by both White, Sr. and Melissa White downstairs in the master bedroom.

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