Two men accused of making methFor nine months, Grand Forks area law enforcement had been tracking purchases of methamphetamine ingredients at area pharmacies by two men and a woman.
By: By Chris Bieri , Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun
For nine months, Grand Forks area law enforcement had been tracking purchases of methamphetamine ingredients at area pharmacies by two men and a woman.
Last Friday morning, officers arrested the two men in a camper trailer in rural Larimore, N.D., following a standoff that left one of the men injured.
Dale Aubrey Densmore, 50, of Larimore, and John Peter McCoy, 52, of Grand Forks, were both charged Monday with manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing meth paraphernalia in Grand Forks County District Court.
Manufacturing meth is a Class A felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Possession of meth paraphernalia is Class C felony with maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Densmore also faces a charge of possessing of marijuana paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
McCoy is in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center and had bond set at $50,000 Monday. Densmore is also in the same jail on $100,000 bond.
According to an incident report, agents from a number of local law enforcement agencies including the Grand Forks Area Narcotics Task Force and the Northeast Regional SWAT Team executed a no-knock search warrant at 6:05 a.m. at 3721 21st Ave. N.E.
The two men barricaded themselves in the trailer on the property.
McCoy turned himself in after officers negotiated with him for about 45 minutes.
Densmore, a felon convicted in 1990 of attempting to murder then-Emerado, N.D., Police Chief Eric Stewart, continued to ignore police commands.
Officers were able to arrest him by 9:30 a.m., but he had to be taken to Altru Hospital for injuries suffered in the arrest. He was held overnight before going to jail Saturday.
The report said officers searched the property and found the remnants of items used to make meth, including empty pill packets containing pseudoephedrine; containers and utensils with residue from burned lithium battery strips; lithium batteries; muriatic acid; and solvents from Coleman fuel and engine-starting fluid.
They also found a dozen different guns and ammunition in the trailer, which they believe belongs to Densmore and his brother Mark.
In the affidavit to obtain the warrant, investigators documented a long history of Dale Densmore, McCoy and McCoy’s girlfriend Jennifer Holsinger buying abnormal amounts of products containing pseudoephedrine, a key element in producing meth.
In total, the trio has bought items containing pseudoephedrine 54 times since August 2011. Often times, they would travel in pairs, each purchasing an item at one pharmacy before traveling to a nearby pharmacy to buy two more items.
The affidavit also said that, in 2008, a propane tank full of anhydrous ammonia, another meth-making material, was found by deer hunters a quarter mile from the trailer.
Police tied McCoy to the Densmore home by a pair of vehicles believed to be his that were spotted there.
In late March, a Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of neglected dogs at the home.
According to the affidavit, the deputy knocked on the door but no one answered. After sitting in his car a few minutes, the deputy said he saw Holsinger come out of a shed on the property, apparently “shocked” to see the patrol car. She walked quickly to the residence and ignored the deputy’s calls to stop.
Eventually the deputy met with Holsinger and Dale Densmore at the door and reported both seemed nervous and appeared to be hiding something.
Chris Bieri is a reporter at
the Grand Forks Herald,
which is owned by Forum Communications Co.