Two Grand Forks men face felony drug sale charges following the execution of search warrants in an investigation into local methamphetamine trafficking this week.
Daniel Isaac Olson and Rene Darcy Marion have been charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a Class B felony. Olson, 27, was charged with two counts. Both men made initial court appearances this week.
An investigation into Olson led officers with the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force to Marion, 23, who law enforcement believe was Olson's methamphetamine supplier, according to an affidavit.
Court documents state officers used a confidential informant to purchase a half-ounce of methamphetamine from Olson in September for $800 in serialized currency.
Another controlled buy was made from Olson on Monday, court documents state. This time, when officers were surveilling the transaction they observed Olson briefly met with a man in a Chevrolet Trailblazer before returning to his car with 2 ounces of methamphetamine that was sold to an informant for $2,860.
Officers arrested Olson shortly after the transaction. Other officers followed the Trailblazer, and found the car was registered to Marion, who they were able to identify as the driver.
A warrant for Marion's arrest and a search of his vehicle was issued Tuesday. Officers pulled him over at the corner of Washington Street and DeMers Avenue at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. A search of his car located more than 2 ounces of marijuana and 6 grams of marijuana wax (a concentrated form of the drug with higher levels of THC), according to an affidavit. Police also reportedly found two digital scales and drug paraphernalia. An officer observed that Marion appeared to shatter his own cellphone when the traffic stop was initiated, citing fresh cuts on Marion's hand and a broken phone that was collected.
Marion was additionally charged with two Class B felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for the marijuana and marijuana wax.
Olson and Marion are both out of custody on bond. Olson will make his next court appearance Dec. 4. Marion's next appearance is scheduled for Dec. 6.
Marion served a year in prison after a 2012 burglary conviction in Grand Forks, court records show.