Two are accused of breaking into a treehouse along Apple Creek south of Bismarck and taking 575 Xanax pills, but an investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges.
Christopher Lee Martin, 43, and Tanya Christina Zlukta, 38, both of Bismarck, are charged with burglary and felony drug charges for allegedly breaking into a treehouse or shed that contained drugs, drug paraphernalia, a machete and a sword, court records show.
A deputy with the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department stopped Martin and Zlukta about 2:40 p.m. Saturday for driving with an obstructed windshield, according to court records. While they were being questioned, Martin told deputies they had been canoeing on Apple Creek when they saw a treehouse they decided to check out.
Martin told deputies the treehouse had three bags of Xanax, meth, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, a machete and a sword, and they took the items, court records show.
Deputies located the drugs and paraphernalia in the vehicle and later found the machete and sword along Apple Creek where they docked their boat.
Deputies later located the treehouse, which had a lock on the outside. The owner of the machete and sword confirmed they were stolen from the structure and said the Xanax also was taken.
Chief Deputy Kelly Leben, of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, said the case remains under investigation by the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force and additional charges are likely.
Leben said the value of the Xanax is $5,750.
The residence, in the 8300 block of Bluffview Drive, is south of the University of Mary campus near the area where Apple Creek drainage enters the Missouri River.
A woman who answered the door at the residence this week declined to comment. She said the man who told deputies the Xanax was taken from the shed does not live at the residence.