Three area residents face drug charges
Three area residents face drug charges

Three people have been charged after a total of 142.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine were found Thursday, May 27 at a Goodridge home.

David John Wallenberg Jr., 26, Goodridge, has been charged with felony offenses of first-degree controlled substance crime and certain persons not to possess firearms.

Brandon Steven Wasley, 40, Goodridge, has been charged with felony first-degree controlled substance crime.

Cheyenne Mavis Grindeland, 22, Goodridge, has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

Each individual has been charged in Pennington County District Court with possessing a portion of the total meth.

The charges stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on May 27 at Wallenberg and Wasley’s home, 703 Vaughan Main St. The Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force had been investigating the two men as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to the complaints.

On May 25, a confidential, reliable informant met with a PTPDTF officer, telling the officer that Wallenberg had possessed meth and was smoking it.

Numerous hypodermic needs were also located at the home. The informant said Wasley lived at the home and possessed meth as well. The PTPDTF officer had conducted surveillance outside the home, noticing that Wasley’s vehicle was at the home on a continual basis and had changed colors.

The complaint noted that drug traffickers often use different vehicles or paint their vehicles a different color as a way to avoid detection by law enforcement.

The complaints indicated that Wallenberg had been convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession in both July 2018 and August 2018. A warrant had been issued for his arrest in relation to a Jan. 3, 2021, traffic stop in Morrison County. At that time, he allegedly possessed meth. Wallenberg was ineligible to possess firearms.

The complaints also indicated that Wasley had been convicted of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession in January 2017.

The PTPDTF officer, another PTPDTF officer, Sheriff Ray Kuznia, Chief Deputy Seth Vettleson, the sheriff’s investigator, the Thief River Falls police investigator, and four sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant for Wallenberg’s and Wasley’s persons and home at 8:23 a.m. May 27. Inside the home, they found Wasley, Wallenberg, and Grindeland.

Wallenberg was hiding underneath a bed. Wasley allegedly said he was only sleeping at the home and stores his belongings there. Wasley had been sleeping in a room where a bag containing 83.2 grams of meth had been found. He denied knowing anything about the bag.

Wasley said he had just returned from a trip to the Twin Cities, where he had stayed with friends. He had left for the Twin Cities two days earlier. K-9 Max alerted his partner about Wasley’s 2008 Dodge Avenger, which was towed from the home along with Wallenberg’s vehicle.

The complaints fail to indicate whether search warrants were executed for either vehicle.

Wallenberg and Grindeland were found in the master bedroom. Wallenberg allegedly said he had paid $1,000 to Wasley for meth that had been found on a shelf in Wallenberg’s bedroom. The meth weighed 57.8 grams.

Wallenberg also admitted possessing a Sig Sauer 1911 45-caliber pistol, which was found at the home. Six bullets were found in the magazine, which was in the pistol.

Wallenberg said he had purchased the pistol for $300 a day earlier. Grindeland, who is in a long-term relationship with Wallenberg, said she had spent the night at the home even though she had moved out a month earlier.

She allegedly admitted possessing 1.3 grams of meth found on her side of the bed as well as a loaded needle.

Both Grindeland and Wallenberg said Wasley lived at the home and had his own code to enter the home.

Both said Wasley had been living there for at least a couple of weeks.

Grindeland said Wasley had moved most of his belongings into the home and was getting groceries for the household.

Brandon Steven Wasley