Two people engaged to be married face a raft of drug-related charges after police reportedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia at their residence.
Jiqueal Surdaren Simmons, 24, and Niomie Carmen Rath, 20, both of Bismarck, were arrested Tuesday for distributing meth. They each face eight similar charges, including felony conspiracy to deliver meth and felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver meth and marijuana, respectively, as well as multiple misdemeanors including unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bismarck Police generated their arrests from information provided by an accused meth distributor picked up in a confidential informant operation earlier this year. Police found Rath's address and reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia from there. Court documents say officers acting on a search warrant discovered items including 3.5 grams of meth, baggies totaling 19 grams of marijuana, a vial of THC residue, digital scales, pipes with residue and plastic baggies.
Police reported the drugs found in a way that indicated packaging for distribution. The drugs' value could total over $1,200, the case's affidavit said.
Simmons and Rath are set for preliminary hearings on Oct. 9. Simmons reportedly told police Rath is his fiancee. Their most serious charges include three Class B felony drug counts. Class B felonies in North Dakota are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000.