A Breckenridge, Minnesota, woman who was being arrested on a domestic assault charge was also being charged on two felony drug counts earlier this month.
Tricia Gill, 43, made her first appearance in Wilkin County District Court Monday, April 4 to face second- and third-degree felony drug charges as well as one count of obstruction/interference with a peace officer related to an incident from the previous night.
Breckenridge Police Officers went to arrest Gill and Justin Hams on fifth degree assault charges at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3 after several domestic situations that had been occurring between the two over the past several days, according to a criminal complaint. Hams was arrested at a residence on 12th Street North, but Gill was at another location.
Gill was located outside of Park Manor, on the 200 block of Park Avenue, about 90 minutes later. While being arrested, Gill allegedly tossed a cigarette pack into the building’s lobby, and “pushed her jacket toward her mother,” the complaint states. The officer took the jacket and Gill began resisting. After Gill was restrained, the officer secured the jacket and cigarette pack.
Upon a search, the officer found a plastic bag containing other plastic bags which each held a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine in Gill’s jacket, five empty plastic bags inside one cigarette pack and a broken glass meth pipe with white residue and plastic bag with a crystal substance in another cigarette pack. A total of 15 small plastic bags containing meth clipped together in sets of five indicated the drugs were packaged for sale, according to information in the complaint.
Gill was arrested for controlled substance crimes, obstructing the legal process and domestic assault.
The maximum penalty for second degree sale or possession of schedule one or two drugs in a school/park/public housing zone is 25 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for third degree sale or possession of methamphetamine in a school/park/housing zone, on the first conviction, is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The maximum penalty for obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer, is one year in jail, and/or a $3,000 fine.
An informational hearing for Gill was scheduled for Tuesday, April 26. She is represented by Tracy Mitchell.