Former Thief River Falls City Council member Charged With Drug Crime
Former Thief River Falls City Council member Charged With Drug Crime

THIEF RIVER FALLS ( A Thief River Falls couple has been charged after a woman reported that she had been drugged with “molly” at their home Feb. 2.

Christina Dawn Pribyl, 40, Thief River Falls, has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime – over 0.25 grams and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

Joshua Mark Hagen, 40, Thief River Falls has been charged with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

Pribyl has been charged with possessing MDMA.

They have both been charged with possessing 0.313 grams of THC oil. THC is an ingredient in marijuana. Neither has been charged with “drugging” the woman.

Hagen is a former Thief River Falls City Council member. The complaints were signed Monday, Aug. 31.

The charges stemmed from a report that Pribyl’s friend had been drugged with “molly” or the Schedule 1 drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) at the couple’s home, 2107 Greenwood St. E.

The woman later tested positive for amphetamines, MDMA, marijuana, and meth.

The woman, who is a friend of Pribyl, allegedly said she had gone to the couple’s home and smoked marijuana that Pribyl provided. She said she had also brought marijuana to the home. Hagen wasn’t home at the time.

Pribyl allegedly asked the woman if she had ever tried “molly.” The woman willingly swallowed “molly.” Later, she began to feel the effects of the “molly.” She also indicated it was a different feeling compared to how she felt after smoking marijuana in the past. She noted she had tried meth and MDMA in the past, but it had been 20 years ago.

During their time together, Pribyl allegedly spoke about a man stopping there to pick up a shipment of meth.

She also said she could obtain “whatever else.” Later, the woman decided that she needed to leave. She said Pribyl tried to coax her back inside the home and refused to provide the woman with her car keys because Pribyl didn’t feel the woman was able to drive safely.

The woman then ran and called a friend, who called 911 on her behalf.

Meanwhile, Pribyl followed her. The woman had apparently grabbed the wrong robe after exiting a hot tub.

The robe contained Pribyl’s cell phone. Pribyl continued following her, asking for her phone back. The woman returned the phone, and she said Pribyl continued following her until paramedics and police arrived.

The complaints further referred to an anonymous email tip to former Police Chief Dick Wittenberg. The person said Pribyl and Hagen had gone to Oregon, where they purchased marijuana.

The woman said she heard Pribyl, Hagen and her children had gone to Oregon on vacation.

Based on that information, a search warrant was executed Feb. 5. Inside the home, authorities found a baggie of suspected meth residue; four baggies of marijuana (including three in marijuana dispensary baggies), 0.313 grams of THC oil; two vape cartridges of suspected THC oil; and various other forms of drug paraphernalia.

The Thief River Falls Police Department received a report from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on July 20. That report indicated that the suspected meth residue was, in fact, MDMA. The report found that the THC oil was, in fact, THC oil and weighed 0.313 grams.

The complaints allege that Pribyl’s phone included numerous Facebook messages about buying and selling narcotics.

Former Thief River Falls City Council member Charged With Drug Crime
Former Thief River Falls City Council member Charged With Drug Crime