WILLMAR — After a Blomkest 17-year-old allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Tuesday in Willmar, he bolted into a home.
Law enforcement followed. Inside, they say, they saw methamphetamine and paraphernalia in plain view.
Six people, including a 17-year-old, were inside the home in three different rooms. An infant child was also in one room.
Officers from the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force obtained a search warrant and returned to the home the same day, recovering in total a quarter-pound of meth throughout the home.
All six people were initially arrested after the Tuesday search warrant. Five people have now been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court in connection with the drugs found.
Tiffany Kaye Reyna, 34, of Hawick, and Joshua Diaz, 35, of Willmar, face the most severe charges of the group: felony first-degree drug possession, felony drug paraphernalia possession in the presence of a child, and petty misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.
According to the criminal complaint filed with the charges, officers initially found Reyna and Diaz in a bedroom of the home.
When they returned to that bedroom for the search warrant, officers allegedly recovered 100 grams of meth in two bags, pipes and snort tubes, a surveillance camera pointed out the window, unidentified white pills, a marijuana pipe and a black flip phone.
Officers also reportedly found $980 cash in Diaz’s pocket, and a 13.2-gram bag of meth, according to the criminal complaint.
Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 26, is facing felony charges for fifth-degree drug possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, as well as a petty misdemeanor for paraphernalia possession.
She had initially been located in a different bedroom with Ciera Nicole Mendoza, 21, as well as a 17-year-old, and an infant child.
According to the criminal complaint, officers recovered a pill bottle containing meth, a broken glass pipe, a meth pipe and a bong, a digital scale and marijuana grinder in that bedroom.
Ciera Mendoza was also charged. She is facing a felony for storing meth in the presence of a child, a gross misdemeanor for fifth-degree drug possession, and a petty misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia possession.
In a third bedroom, officers at the scene reportedly found Brittni Ann Zenner, 18. She is facing identical charges to Ciera Mendoza.
During the search warrant, officers reportedly recovered a digital scale and tubing in the third bedroom, which allegedly tested positive for meth, along with marijuana paraphernalia.
A plastic bag of 26.1 grams of meth, a black bong cap, and a corner-cut bag containing white residue were also reportedly found in the upstairs living room and bathroom of the home, according to the criminal complaint.
All charged in the case made their first appearances Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court.
Reyna’s next court hearing is set for Feb. 28.
The next hearings for Diaz, Ciera Mendoza, Tamara Mendoza, and Zenner are scheduled for March 6.
The teen accused of initiating the chase, Ryan Patrick Stinnett, was charged Wednesday with fleeing a peace officer, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
Stinnett was charged as a juvenile. Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.
His next court hearing is set for March 20.