TRF woman faces three felony drug charges
TRF woman faces three felony drug charges

A Thief River Falls woman faces three felony charges after she allegedly possessed 6.42 grams of methamphetamine and permitted her children to be exposed to some of the meth.

Katie Mae Trevino, 31, has been charged with a felony count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and two felony counts of meth-related crimes involving children. She was arrested.

The charges stemmed from an ongoing drug investigation involving Trevino. A source of information had been communicating with a Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force officer over the past several weeks. The source of information noted vehicles were going to and from the home between 3 and 3:30 a.m. He also learned that different vehicles had been parked outside of the home for 10 to 15 minutes at a time as well as in a garage for short periods of time. Such activity is common with the distribution of controlled substances.

On Tuesday, April 13, the task force officer searched Trevino’s garbage, which had been placed outside of her home, 122 Kendall Ave. N., for pickup. One garbage bag allegedly contained a baggie with white residue and seven small gram-type plastic baggies. Both the residue and baggies tested positive for meth. The second garbage bag allegedly contained various drug paraphernalia, including Q-tips, which are commonly used for filtering liquified controlled substances for injection, and a bent-over spoon, which is commonly used to melt down a controlled substance to be later injected. That bag also contained two children’s coloring pages.

Various pieces of mail were found in both garbage bags, indicating that Trevino lived at the home. Among the items was a Minnesota Department of Human Services paper and Inter-County paperwork. Trevino was on supervised probation at the time and was ordered to not use or possess controlled substances that weren’t prescribed to her. The task force officer learned from Trevino’s probation officer that Trevino has three children, ages 4, 6, and 13.

Based on evidence collected from the garbage bags and information from the probation officer, the task force officer believed that the children lived with her. A search warrant was then sought and signed. A traffic stop was soon conducted on Trevino’s vehicle in the 100 block of Pennington Ave. S. She allegedly possessed two cell phones and a purse. The purse contained a plastic zip-top bag with meth residue. The bag and residue weighed 5.78 grams.

One of her juvenile daughters was accompanying her at the time, and the girl was placed in a squad vehicle. Ten law enforcement officers – including three task force officers, the sheriff’s investigator, three deputies, a police sergeant, and two police officers – executed the search warrant at Trevino’s home.

During the 73-minute search, they allegedly found a baggie with white residue, a baggie with marijuana, a glass pipe with marijuana inside, miscellaneous glass pipes, miscellaneous plastic baggies, and a cell phone.

The residue tested positive for meth. The baggie and residue weighed 0.64 grams. During a statement to the task force officer, Trevino allegedly admitted that her eldest daughter lives with her. She then requested to stop the interview and was booked into the Pennington County Jail.