Michelle Marie Quintero, 49, Lidgerwood, North Dakota, made her initial appearance before Richland County District Court Friday, Feb. 9.
Quintero is charged with one count of endangerment of a child and one count possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are class C felonies.
“She had a prior conviction for possession of paraphernalia for a substance other than marijuana,” explained Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Moen. “Because of that, the paraphernalia charge has been raised to felony level.”
Quintero is also charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. According to court documents, the substance was methamphetamine. On Friday, Feb. 9, Quintero entered a not guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge.
Through an investigation conducted by the Southeast Multi-County Agency drug task force, Quintero is accused of allowing a child to be exposed to, ingest or inhale a controlled substance, chemical substance or drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, SEMCA agents executed a search warrant Thursday, Feb. 8 at Quintero’s Lidgerwood residence. Quintero is the mother of a juvenile, 17, living at the residence.
“In (the juvenile’s) bedroom, agents found marijuana weighing approximately 348 grams, items indicating sales of marijuana and numerous items of marijuana paraphernalia,” court documents state.
Agents also allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the bedroom that “would be obvious to any occupant of the home.”
Quintero is accused of having in her possession drug paraphernalia to be used with a controlled substance other than marijuana. SEMCA agents searched her bedroom that same evening.
“In this room, agents found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, a number of baggies with white residue and baggies with what appeared to be