A Thompson, N.D., man was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 16 in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of aiding an offender to avoid arrest.
Bradley Louis Huard, 39, was granted a three-year stay of imposition. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. If he successfully completes probation, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. Huard was also ordered to undergo a chemical assessment. He was ordered to take his medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. Huard was ordered to provide a list of his prescribed medications to his probation officer. He was ordered to supply a DNA sample. Huard was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. He was ordered to complete all programming as recommended by probation, including cognitive behavioral programming. Huard was ordered to cooperate with his agent on the transfer of his probation to North Dakota. He was also ordered to pay $135 in fees and fines.
The charge stemmed from a report to police March 22, 2016, according to the complaint. A package had arrived at Buca’s Pizza aka The Puck on 3rd. It was allegedly listed to the attention of Caye Nelson (Catherine Jane Nelson aka Wagner), who worked there. Staff opened the package, believing it was intended for the restaurant and not Nelson.
Inside, they found a baggie of methamphetamine. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later determined the baggie contained 33.926 grams of meth. The BCA’s confidence level was 95 percent. Another employee told police that Nelson had contacted her the previous Friday or Saturday. Nelson allegedly asked if it would be a big deal if a package were delivered to her at the restaurant. She told the other employee that a man living with her would be upset about the package.
On March 23, 2016, a search warrant was executed for a purse that Nelson left behind at the restaurant. It contained two glass pipes commonly used to smoke meth. The pipes had a white residue that had a presumptive positive test result for a controlled substance. A search warrant was also granted for Nelson’s phone. Upon accessing Nelson’s text messages, a
police officer discovered a larger conspiracy to possess and possibly distribute a significant amount of meth in Thief River Falls. He allegedly found numerous text messages between Nelson and two individuals, Dawn Huard and Robert Eugene Hostnick. Those text messages were sent March 20-22, 2016. The text messages involved a moneygram being sent at Walmart. The information on the outside of the envelope matched a text between Nelson and Hostnick.
In text messages, Nelson and Huard referred to nervousness about others opening the package at Buca’s. Other text messages also referred to whose name would be on the moneygram coming from Thief River Falls. The text messages allegedly indicated the name of Bradley Louis Huard. All three parties were involved in those text messages. Other text messages between Nelson and Hostnick allegedly referred to the amount of drugs being sent. The officer provided the names of Huard, Hostnick and Nelson to Walmart staff in an effort to determine whether any moneygram applications had been filed. He found an application with the name of Bradley Louis Huard. On the application, Huard listed the phone number that belonged to Dawn Huard and had been involved in text exchanges with Nelson.
The recipient was identified as a phone number belonging to Hostnick. The officer learned $170 had been transferred from Minnesota to Arizona as described in March 20, 2016, text messages. The money had been picked up the next day in Phoenix. Photos from the two Walmart stores showed Bradley Huard in Thief River Falls and Hostnick in Phoenix. The complaint indicated that Hostnick is known by authorities in Phoenix as Kenneth Caroll and had used that name as an alias. At the time that the complaint was written, a warrant was requested since Bradley Huard’s whereabouts were unknown.
It was indicated that he was to be brought to court immediately without unnecessary delay due to the seriousness of the offense. The case against Nelson is still proceeding in court. A warrant remained in effect for Hostnick as of Jan. 19, 2018. No charges have been filed against Dawn Huard in Pennington County District Court.
We sure hope the citizens of Clearwater County realized they will be getting an influx of drug addicts and dealers all due to this county attorney that doesn’t give a damn about your safety, good luck…your going to need it with this one