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East Grand Forks man accused of conspiring to sell drugs with others

An East Grand Forks man faces 30 years in prison after investigators said he conspired with others to sell drugs in the area.

Anthony Richard Wiley, 32, had an initial appearance Tuesday in Polk County District Court to face a first-degree felony charge of conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime. He is part of an East Grand Forks Police Department investigation that dates back to Oct. 31, 2016. That's when officers were told multiple people had visited Wiley's apartment at 1115 Third Ave. N.W. for hand-to-hand transactions, according to court documents. One witness said sealed boxes and brown bags were placed in the dumpster outside Wiley's apartment building and were picked up by others, according to court documents.

Investigators connected Wiley to others who were arrested on drug charges, including three suspects arrested in a Grand Forks bust early last year. Amanda Marie Marzolf, 25, who was arrested Feb. 3, 2017, in Grand Forks after police said they found meth, heroin and ecstasy at her apartment at 404 Oak St., told officers she and Joshua Vernon Wretling, 27, Grand Forks, had purchased heroin from each other at times, according to court documents. She also admitted to selling heroin and marijuana to Wiley on multiple occasions, and she bought meth from Wiley, court documents said.

Wretling was arrested the same day at his 515 S. Fifth St. apartment, where officers said they found heroin. Wretling admitted to selling heroin to pay for rent, according to court documents.

Rahmi Ramieh, 23, Bloomington, Minn., also was arrested at Wretling's apartment after police said they found more than $4,000 on his person and an unnamed man showed up at the apartment during the search asking to buy heroin from Ramieh, court documents said.

Wretling later told officers Wiley was dealing with Ramieh, according to court documents.

Wiley was arrested several times last year in Minnesota. During one arrest in East Grand Forks, officers found text messages on Wiley's cellphone that appeared to set up drug deals with Marzolf and Voltaire Timbol, 38, of Emerado, N.D., according to court documents.

A warrant later was issued for Wiley's apartment after he was accused of breaking into an Alvarado, Minn., home in June and stealing several guns, cash, silver power tools and surveillance equipment.

The conspiracy charge was filed Jan. 24. Wiley's next hearing is April 26.

Timbol pleaded not guilty in relation to the case to two third-degree felony controlled substance crimes of selling drugs in Polk County District Court. He has a jury trial scheduled for May 14. He also faces in Grand Forks District Court a Class B felony charge of delivering a controlled substance, but the case has been listed as inactive.

Rahmi is scheduled for a jury trial on June 26 in Grand Forks District Court, where he faces a Class A felony charge of delivery of heroin and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Wretling was ordered to serve almost four years in prison for his part in the crime after he pleaded guilty Dec. 18 in Grand Forks District Court to a Class A felony charge of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver or manufacture.

Marzolf pleaded guilty Aug. 3 in Grand Forks District Court to two Class A felonies of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a Class C felony of possession of a controlled substance in the case. She was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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