Deputies with the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department arrested four people at a Grand Forks hotel Thursday, two of whom were wanted on bench warrants for drug-related charges.
Cassandra Rae Brunelle, 24, Elizabeth Kathleen Wretling, 22, Joshua Vernon Wretling, 23, and Samuel Nathan Wretling, 19, were booked into Grand Forks County Correctional Center at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after deputies were called to My Place Hotel in Grand Forks for a possible sighting of Jenna Stai, a missing person wanted on drug charges, said Lt. B.J. Maxson of the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies did not find Stai, but they did find Brunelle and Joshua Wretling, both of whom had warrants out for their arrests.
“We believe Jenna was part of that crowd, hung out with that crowd,” Maxson said.
Brunelle failed to show up to a court hearing in Cass County, Minn., in November, after which a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. She is charged in Minnesota 9th District Court in Walker, Minn., with fifth-degree drug possession after officers found a small amount of methamphetamine on her person, according to court records.
Joshua Wretling was arrested Thursday on a warrant that was issued after he violated terms of his bond by missing two drug testing dates, court records said. He is charged with several felony drug offenses, including possessing heroin with the intent of selling the drug, a class A felony, in North Dakota district court in Grand Forks.
When Joshua Wretling was initially arrested in September, police found 46 individually wrapped bundles of heroin, four fentanyl patches, 19 tablets of methadone, some alprazolam, a morphine tablet and various drug paraphernalia on his person, according to court records.
Elizabeth and Samuel Wretling were both taken into custody for allegedly hindering the arrests, Maxson said. The two siblings had not been charged with any crimes and had been released from the Grand Forks jail by Friday evening.
The arrests took place after a hotel worker reported a possible sighting of 18-year-old Stai, who went missing more than a week ago shortly after she was charged with drug crimes in Minnesota 9th District Court in Crookston.
A bench warrant was issued for Stai’s arrest after she missed a Monday court hearing.
At least two other people were in the hotel room Thursday when officers made the arrests, Maxson said. One of the six people there strongly resembled Stai, Maxson said, but was not her.
Brunelle and Joshua Wretling both had court hearings Friday.
Wretling is being held in the Grand Forks jail without bond, awaiting his next court hearing Feb. 12. Brunelle is awaiting extradition to Walker, Minn., where she will face the drug possession charge.
The case remains under investigation by the Grand Forks County Narcotics Task Force, Maxson said. To Maxson’s knowledge, the only drug-related item found at the hotel when the four were arrested was meth paraphernalia.