A Thief River Falls woman was sentenced Monday, Nov. 20 in Pennington County District Court for a felony drug offense.

Amy Marie Reierson, 37, was sentenced for a felony charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime. She was ordered to serve 13 months in prison stayed for five years. Reierson was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to complete community work service. She was ordered to supply a DNA sample. Reierson was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. She was ordered to provide a list of her prescribed medications to her probation officer. Reierson was ordered to take her medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. She was ordered to complete all programming as recommended by probation, including cognitive behavioral programming. Reierson was also ordered to pay $310 in fees and fines.

The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant May 15 at Reierson’s home, 916 Horace Ave. N., according to the complaint. A glass pipe containing methamphetamine was found. The complaint indicated that Reierson’s home is across the street from Northrop Park and within 300 feet of the park.

Tanya Lynn Aery, 28, Thief River Falls, was granted a five-year stay of imposition for a felony charge of aiding and abetting a felony theft. A gross misdemeanor charge of fifth degree controlled substance crime was dismissed. As a condition of the aiding charge, Aery was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Aery was ordered to complete community work service. She was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Aery was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. She was ordered to continue to meet with mental health professionals and take her medications as prescribed. Aery was ordered to provide a list of her prescribed medications to her probation officer. She was ordered to complete a chemical assessment within 30 days and successfully complete all recommendations, including treatment and aftercare. Aery was also ordered to pay $360 in fees and fines as well as any restitution that was ordered.

The charges stemmed from a report to police April 2 at about 12:11 a.m., according to the complaint. Walmart employees saw the three people “working together as a team, putting items in bags, cutting off price tags, putting items in a cart and concealing the items.” The people were identified as Aery, Brett Evan Anderson and Christian Leigh Hagen. At one point, Anderson showed them how to remove the security tags. Police remained outside the store in the event the three of them left the building without paying for merchandise.

About two and a half hours later, employees told police that Aery and Hagen were leaving the store without paying for merchandise. They were soon joined by Anderson, who paid for a few items. Police confiscated 256 stolen items totalling $1,250.78. Aery possessed a hypodermic needle containing meth. In a plastic container with Aery’s name, they found a sunglasses case containing a small gram-type plastic bag with meth residue. Elsewhere in the vehicle, police found a backpack containing a glass pipe with meth residue, a prescription pill bottle with Anderson’s name on it and an insurance card for his vehicle.

In the center console of the vehicle, police found a green pill bottle with marijuana paraphernalia. Two realistic-looking toy pistols were found under the front seat of the car. Anderson and Hagen have since been sentenced for their roles in the crime.

Thief River Falls Police Report
Author: TRF Police Report

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