Last month, authorities found 5.5 ounces of methamphetamine executing a search warrant at the home of 23-year-old Alexis Marie Delorme after intercepting her during an alleged drug deal outside the Italian Moon restaurant on South Washington Street.
Now, officers with the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force say that the methamphetamine belonged to another woman, 28-year-old Stepheny Michelle Verhoeven, according to affidavits filed in Northeast Central District Court.
Task Force officers say they learned Verhoeven would be making a methamphetamine sale in Grand Forks on April 12. They intercepted another woman, 26-year-old Brandi Jo Flaten, at the Simonson Travel Center on Gateway Drive in possession of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and unsanctioned prescription drugs, according to court documents. Authorities believe Flaten was selling drugs on Verhoeven’s behalf.
Flaten told Task Force officers she was delivering the drugs for someone else, according to an affidavit.
Authorities arrested Verhoeven in the 500 block of North Fifth Street on April 12.
Verhoeven has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class AA felony, and delivery of methamphetamine, a Class A felony. Flaten has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. Both women made initial court appearances Monday.
Delorme has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of heroin with intent to deliver, both Class A felonies. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
It is unclear if any of Delorme’s charges will be dropped now that authorities indicate the majority of the methamphetamine belonged to Verhoeven. All of her charges remain active in the court system. Her next appearance is scheduled for May 3.