Three face drug charges following search

Three people are facing drug charges, and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant, following a search of a Bradford Township residence last week.

The East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, as well as the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, executed a narcotics search warrant at 5:35 p.m. Jan. 22 at a residence on the 3980 block of 309th Avenue Northwest in Bradford Township.

The execution of this search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation when three search warrants were executed in the city of Cambridge on Nov. 26, 2013.

The following were charged in connection with the Jan. 22 incident and appeared before Judge Amy Brosnahan Jan. 24 in Isanti County District court in Cambridge:

• James Donald Mrugala, 50, of rural Isanti, charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession-subsequent conviction. Bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $25,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Feb. 6.

• George Robert Callies, 37, of rural Cambridge, charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession-subsequent conviction; felony terroristic threats; and misdemeanor pharmacy-possess/control/manufacture/sell/furnish/dispense/dispose of hypodermic syringes-needles. Bail was set at $35,000 without conditions or $12,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Feb. 6.

• Patty Jo Carlson, 51, of rural Cambridge, charged with  felony fifth-degree drug possession-subsequent conviction; and misdemeanor pharmacy-possess/control/manufacture/sell/furnish/dispense/dispose of hypodermic syringes-needles. Bail was set at $12,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions and next court appearance for Feb. 6.

• Jessica Lee Desoto, 40, of rural Cambridge, was found hiding in a cabinet inside the house during the search and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Desoto and Mrugala remained in custody at the Isanti County Jail.

According to the criminal complaints:

While en route to assist the task force with the search warrant at the residence in Bradford Township, Deputy Lance Olson observed Mrugala in a pickup truck heading eastbound on County Road 17. Olson knew Mrugala was named in the search warrant and was known to be living at the residence in Bradford Township.

Olson caught up with Mrugala’s vehicle and placed Mrugala under arrest. Due to the frigid temperatures, the vehicle was towed to the sheriff’s office. During an inventory search, Olson found a small clear plastic bag that tested positive for meth and weighed 8 grams.

During the search of the residence, numerous items of methamphetamine paraphernalia were found, including needles, pipes and small bags. Some of these items tested positive for meth and were found in several of the

common areas of the home, as well as in bedrooms.

A glass bubble pipe consistent with methamphetamine use was found in the basement bedroom that tested positive for meth. Authorities found paper documents linking Mrugala to the residence and the basement bedroom.

In the upstairs bedroom belonging to Callies, authorities found a small zipper case containing a small plastic bag with residue, a glass bubble pipe and hypodermic needles. The bubble pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

It was also discovered that prior to the execution of the search warrant, there was an altercation between Callies, Carlson and another male party at the residence.

Deputy Chad Meyer took a report from Carlson at 5:30  p.m. Jan. 22. Carlson explained she rents the basement area of the home from Callies. Carlson said Callies came home from work and began banging on the door and yelling, and then the man with her hit the door and began yelling back. Carlson said Callies left, but later returned and got into an argument with the man with Carlson. Carlson said Callies pointed an orange flare gun at the man with her, and also in her direction, and threatened to kill both of them.

Carlson said Callies eventually left the lower level of the home and went upstairs. Carlson said Callies yelled that he had one of her pets with him and was going to kill it. At this point, Carlson called 911. While this incident was being reported, the search warrant for the residence was being executed. During the search of the residence, a deputy found the loaded, orange flare gun.

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