Deputies find drugs, explosives, illegal reptile during raid

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Four people were arrested last week in connection to an incident where law enforcement discovered drugs, explosives and an illegal pet at a Killdeer residence.


For Dunn County Herald

John J. Reiss III and his wife, Sara Brooke Reiss, have been charged with four felonies, including three charges added earlier this week related to the neglect of a child under the age of 5, according to court documents.

The couple, along with Shaun Paul of Killdeer, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Deputies with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at the home on Friday, located about a mile-and-a-half from the city of Killdeer.

In addition to the drugs and paraphernalia, officers found a cache of weapons and explosives and a venomous snake, named Richard, kept illegally for years without a permit.

Matt Hegstad, chief deputy, said he had never seen an incident such as this occur in Dunn County.

“Nothing to this extent,” he told the Dunn County Herald on Wednesday.

The Reisses’s home was, according to courtroom affidavits, unsafe and unsanitary for their three children, ages 2, 3 and 5, and exposed them to people who were under the influence of illegal controlled substances.

The charges of neglect were added Monday by Dunn County State’s Attorney Pat Merriman.

John Reiss was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a suspended license charge. Paul, Sara Reiss and Philip McCoy of Killdeer were arrested the following day at the residence.

An improvised explosive device was also found at the residence and had to be disposed of by the Bismarck Bomb Squad.

Also discovered in the searches were livestock with illegally altered brands and modified weapons.

Assisting with the search were the Southwest Tactical Team, the Badlands Narcotics Task Force and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations. The incident remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

The couple had been held at the Southwest Multi County Correctional Center in Dickinson; they posted bond and were released this week, according to Hegstad.

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