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Four arrested in meth bust

By Staff | Mar 21, 2014

Richard Bundy

Three Rugby residents, charged in relation to a methamphetamine bust, made initial appearances in Northeast District Court in Rugby on Tuesday.

Joni Mattern, 33, faces the stiffest punishment of life imprisonment, if convicted of possession of a controlled substance (meth) with intent to deliver. Mattern allegedly committed the offense within 1,000 feet from a school or child care provider.

Mattern was arrested March 5 and is also charged with three Class C felonies including possession of drug paraphernalia (meth), maintaining a dwelling for persons using controlled substances and endangerment of a child because a minor was living with the defendant. Mattern is also facing misdemeanor charges of ingestion of a controlled substance and theft of property.

Richard Bundy, 33, is charged with a Class A felony of criminal conspiracy for allegedly distributing meth into Pierce County during the previous two years. Bundy also was charged with hindering law enforcement, a Class C felony, and three misdemeanors – criminal mischief and two charges of ingesting a controlled substance. Two of the misdemeanors are related to a revocation of probation.

Trent Robbins, 35, a recent Rugby resident and previously from Minot, was arrested March 7 and charged with a Class A felony (criminal conspiracy), two Class C felonies (possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance) and two misdemeanors (ingestion and theft of property). Robbins also allegedly distributed meth into Pierce County during the previous two years.

Paul Dobson

Rugby Police Chief John Rose declined comment on the meth cases. Class A felonies carry a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. Class C felonies carry a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.

Four other defendants made appearances on felony charges. District Judge John C. McClintock Jr. presided over all cases Tuesday.

Paul J. Dobson, 26, of Rugby, was arrested March 5 and charged with corruption of a minor, a Class C felony. Dobson, who made an initial appearance, allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a minor of 15 years or younger in 2013. He previously resided in Minot.

Emmanuel L. Charging, 39, of Grand Forks, and Chantell Redday, 32, of Grand Forks, are facing the same three charges following arrests on March 6. The pair is charged with endangerment of a child for allegedly smoking marijuana in the presence of a child, a Class C felony. They are also charged with misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melvin L. Jeanotte II, 33, of Belcourt, plead guilty on March 11 to revocation of probation for possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. Jeanotte was sentenced to to three years imprisonment at the state prison in Bismarck, but will have all but six months suspended. He received 111 days credit and will serve two years of supervised probation after serving the rest of his time at Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center.

Joni Mattern

One man will serve a year in Bismarck after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors on March 11. Craig Peltier, 45, of Dunseith, plead guilty to ingestion of a controlled substance and DUI.

– Tribune Staff Report

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Trent Robbins