UPDATED: Three arrested in drug bust

Jesse A. Clark, 36, had multiple warrants out for his arrest in Dickinson



[Updated Jan. 23]

Cole Benz | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Jesse A. Clark, 36, had multiple warrants out for his arrest in Dickinson. An operation to serve Clark with those warrants resulted in the arrest of Clark and two other individuals in Regent on Jan. 16.

Clark, along with Shelly Forte, 44, and Carrie Hoeft, 43, were charged with multiple felonies and taken into custody. They were then transported to the Southwest Multi County Correctional Center in Dickinson.

The Hettinger County Sheriff’s office, along with the BCI Southwest Narcotics Task Force, Stark County Sheriff’s Office and the Belfield Police Department K-9 Unit assisted in the apprehension.

According to the Hettinger County State’s Attorney James Gion, Clark is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Preventing (resisting) Arrest, both Class C felonies.

Hoeft is charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class C felony, and Hindering Law Enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Forte is charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance, both Class C felonies.

The substance she was alleged to be in possession of was documented as Morphine, though lab tests will be required to confirm.

She is also, according to Gion, charged with a Class A felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

According to Gion, Clark had outstanding warrants for his arrest, and law enforcement was aware that he spent time with Forte.

Authorities gained a vehicle description of Forte’s and when that vehicle was located at a trailer park in Regent they approached the residence.

The three individuals made their first court appearance on Jan. 20 in Hettinger County District Court via teleconference from Dickinson.

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