Domestic assault call leads to drug arrest

2013-10-28T17:21:00Z Domestic assault call leads to drug arrestBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A Bismarck man faces four felony drug charges after his girlfriend told police he was dealing drugs and threw a container at her.

Christopher Loeppke, 25, was charged Monday with Class B felony possession of MDMA with intent to deliver, and Class C felony charges of possession of lorazepam, possession of diazepam and possession of drug paraphernalia.

South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell set bond for Loeppke at $1,500 cash.

Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said officers were called to a home on the 800 block of Cody Drive at 12:51 a.m. Sunday for a domestic dispute. An affidavit from Detective Loren Grensteiner said the girlfriend told police Loeppke threw a container at her.

Loeppke was charged in Bismarck Municipal Court with Class B misdemeanor simple assault. He pleaded not guilty and is slated to stand trial on Dec. 2 on that charge.

Grensteiner’s affidavit said the girlfriend told officers Loeppke sells drugs to friends. Loeppke let officers into the home, and they located drugs, including some in the container that allegedly was thrown at the girlfriend. Loeppke told officers he sells MDMA to friends for $100 a gram. Buschena said officers located 9 grams of the drug.

Officers also found $40,000 in cash in the home. Loeppke told officers it was from 12 years of mowing lawns but that some of it could be proceeds of drug transactions, Grensteiner wrote.

n In an unrelated case, two other people were charged with drug delivery offenses, and one of them could face at least 20 years in prison if convicted.

Alexander Smith, 22, and Stephanie Schilingo, 21, were charged Monday with Class A felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and Class C felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of amphetamine and possession of methylphenidate.

Haskell set bond for Smith at $15,000 cash and for Schilingo at $10,000 cash.

The charge against Smith carries a 20-year minimum mandatory prison sentence because of two prior drug delivery offenses, court documents say.

According to court documents, police obtained a search warrant for a Bismarck home. They found four 1-gram baggies of cocaine, five Adderall pills, 34 Methylin pills, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale with drug residue on it. They also found pay/owe sheets indicating that both Smith and Schilingo had sold drugs.

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