AITKIN — Three people were arrested Feb. 16 in Aitkin after officers found drugs at a residence with a child present.
The Aitkin Police Department reported that officers executed a search warrant in the 700 block of Fourth Street, which resulted in the arrest of Aitkin residents Jeffrey Alvin Miles Turner, 27, Joey James Struble, 24, and Jessica Dawn Burke, 28.
Along with the Aitkin Police Department, Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Aitkin Itasca Mille Lacs Violent Crimes Team, and Minnesota State Patrol assisted with the warrant.
According to the criminal complaint, officers knocked on the door and were let in by a woman. They entered the house and observed two women and a baby.
Officers found Turner, Struble and another man in the attached garage and found Burke in a room at the top of a flight of stairs in the garage.
Officers and K-9 Reno searched for narcotics. In the garage, officers found three glass meth pipes along with a glass bong and a marijuana pipe. They also found a toy gun with a rolled up piece of plastic sticking out of it. Officers pulled out the plastic – which was a gold plastic bag with ‘Breaking Bad’ written on it – and found it contained approximately 1.3 grams of methamphetamine.
In the room at the top of the garage, officers found a marijuana bong and metal lid with a white powdery residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine, on a dresser. In the door of a dresser, officers found another “Breaking Bad” bag containing approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine and a bottle of pills, with Struble’s name on it, containing two small plastic bags with a white crystalline substance, who tested positive for methamphetamine. One bag weighed around 6 grams and the second bag weighed around 7 grams.
Also found in the dresser were several methamphetamine containers, a black scale, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles.
On the floor next to the bed, officers found a cough bag, a pink container and a pop can all containing hypodermic needles and a glass vial containing methamphetamine.
Also in the garage was a brown plastic container containing 234 cartridges of various calibers and several spent casings.
In the main bedroom of the home, officers found four small plastic bags, a scale containing meth residue, a broken meth pipe, and a glass marijuana pipe containing marijuana residue. In the same room, officers found a container containing 23 hypodermic needles.
When officers searched Turner, they found a large prescription bottle containing a small plastic bag containing approximately 2.7 grams of methamphetamine.
Struble was charged with possession of a third-degree controlled substance of 10 grams or more, two counts of felony possession of ammunition, fifth-degree drug possession, misdemeanor possession of a needle or of a hypodermic syringe and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Itasca County District Court records, in 2019 Struble was convicted of felony assault and prohibited from possessing ammunition for life.
Burke faces charges of possession of fifth-degree controlled substances, possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Turner was charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession and minor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The other people at home were not arrested.
Turner and Burke are due in court on May 2. Struble will have his first court appearance on Thursday, February 24.