A Grand Forks man and woman are facing drug charges following an arrest Thursday in the Gateway Drive Wal-Mart parking lot.
Eric Robyn Berntson, 31, was charged Thursday with possession of a schedule III drug with intent to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone, a Class A felony. The maximum penalty for a Class B felony is 20 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Rachael Anne Anderson, 36, was charged with a Class C felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class B misdemeanors. A Class C felony carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Officers in the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force were in the Wal-Mart parking conducting surveillance for possible drug deals when Berntson's pick truck pulled up next to a Jeep Cherokee with two women inside, according to court documents.
One of the women, who was identified as Anderson, entered the passenger side of the truck, the court documents stated.
An officer said he parked alongside the truck and noticed Berntson looking down. The officer then noted that Berntson appeared to be counting something.
The officer approached the truck with his badge out, saying he noticed Anderson attempt to stuff a plastic bag in her purse.
Anderson pulled a small bag of marijuana out of her purse and attempted to stuff the baggy along the seat, according to court documents
The officer said he asked Berntson to leave the vehicle and then placed him in handcuffs. A "large amount of U.S. currency" was found in the vehicle. After receiving his Miranda rights, Berntson told the officer he sold Anderson a couple of pills, court documents stated. In total, police said they found 21 oxycodone tablets and marijuana paraphernalia in Anderson's purse.
A total of $810 was seized from Berntson, according to the report.
Both made initial appearances Friday in Grand Forks County District Court. No further court dates have been set.
Berntson and Anderson both have a criminal history of charges for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.