Four appear in court for drug bust near school

Four people arrested in connection with drug manufacture and use uncovered during the execution of a search warrant on a southwest Minot home within a block of Edison Elementary School appeared in court for preliminary hearings Tuesday afternoon.

Although the defendants all appeared for the same bust, each was represented separately.

People and charges

Christopher Michael Walker, 33, southwest Minot, was charged with three Class AA felonies for manufacturing crack cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. All were elevated to Class AA due to the charges taking place within 1,000 feet of a school. He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony.

Shannon Mae Davis, 29, southwest Minot, was charged with two Class AA felonies, also elevated with the charges taking place within 1,000 feet of a school, for manufacturing crack cocaine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. She is also charged with two Class C felonies for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She had a felonious record for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute from 2011 in the state of Utah.

Susan Diane Hanenberg, 56, at a different southwest Minot address than the previous two people, was charged with two Class C felonies for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Maisie Elizabeth Barnson, 34, who now lives in southeast Minot but was living in a basement room in the searched house at the time of the search, was arrested for a Class AA charge of manufacture of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

The bust

During the May 31 search of the home, a burned marijuana “joint” was found on the table of Barnson’s basement room. Upstairs, though, was the bulk of the bust.

According to an affidavit filed by Craig Sandusky, an officer with the Minot Police Department and a member of the Ward County Narcotics Task Force, two “smoking devices” with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine were found on the living room floor and “several” items used for ingesting crack cocaine were found in the kitchen.

It was apparent to officers that methamphetamine and crack were being manufactured on the premises.

A glass jar with a white liquid that tested positive for cocaine was found in the microwave where it was allegedly being cooked with baking soda and water to form crack cocaine crystals. In the living room, six individually wrapped bags of methamphetamine were found.

Tuesday’s results

Barnson, represented by attorney Andrew Schultz, opted to waive her preliminary hearing and move straight to her arraignment. Her Class AA felony charge of manufacturing “crack cocaine” within 1,000 feet of a school was dismissed for her pleaing guilty to the Class B misdemanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Davis, represented by attorney Aften Charchenko, also waived her preliminary hearing and pled “not guilty” to all four of her charges. Her pretrial conference is scheduled for July 18.

Rugby-based attorney William Hartl, representing Walker, requested a continuance for the preliminary hearing based on being appointed to the case in mid-June and that a request for recovery he had filed soon after appointment was only received by the State’s Attorney’s office Monday. A date of July 23 at 9:30 a.m. was chosen as a new preliminary date because it worked for both Hartl and Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon.

Hanenberg, represented by Minot attorney Richard Thomas, will appear for a pretrial conference on Sept. 18.