Bismarck police say a man was selling drugs out of a home used as a child care facility by one of his house mates, who faces child abuse and drug charges.
Four people who live in the home were charged Tuesday in the case. None of the four own the home in which the alleged offenses occurred, according to property tax records.
Antonio Marquis Anderson, 27, was charged with Class B felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. South Central District Judge David Reich set bond for him at $10,000 cash.
Carli Jo Burghart, 19, was charged with Class C felony child neglect and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Reich set bond for her at $1,500 cash and prohibited her from having contact with children who had gone to her day care.
Tesa Klesalek, 19, was charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. She has not been arrested.
Ashley Ann Dwyer, 18, was charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She has not been arrested.
Bismarck police went to 918 N. Seventh St. at 8 p.m. Monday to execute a search warrant, an affidavit from Detective Michael Bolme said. Anderson, Burghart and Klesalek were present, and Dwyer arrived later. Also present at the home were several children for whom Burghart was caring, and several others showed up later, the affidavit said.
Though Burghart told police she ran a licensed day care facility, Burleigh County Social Services said Burghart ran an unlicensed, "self-declared" facility. People running such facilities are not monitored and are limited to caring for five or fewer children, with a limit of three children younger than 2 years old, including their own children. Burghart provided child care for children whose parents worked nights.
Bolme's affidavit said police found marijuana, containers containing marijuana residue, drug paraphernalia and baggies and a scale for packaging marijuana. Anderson admitted to selling marijuana in 1/8- and 1/4-ounce increments, Bolme wrote.
"Several incriminating text messages regarding the distribution of marijuana were found on Anderson's cellphone," the affidavit said.
The three women acknowledged knowing marijuana was being sold out of the home, the affidavit said.
In court, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Lloyd Suhr recommended bond be set at $10,000 cash for Anderson, based on his criminal history and the serious nature of the charge against him. Reich, looking through court documents, listed numerous offenses on Anderson's record, including corruption or solicitation of minors, criminal driving offenses, false information to law enforcement, fleeing a police officer, preventing arrest and disorderly conduct.
According to court documents, Anderson pleaded guilty in 2007 in Barnes County to Class A misdemeanor corruption or solicitation of minors. He was sentenced to one year in prison with 11 months suspended, and he was not required to register as a sex offender.
Suhr recommended a $2,000 cash bond for Burghart, who did not have any known criminal history. He also recommended she be prohibited from operating a child care facility.