MOORHEAD — Four people face drug dealing charges after allegedly shipping 388 pounds of marijuana from California to Moorhead over the course of nearly two years.
Moorhead residents Tahmid Hossain, 22, and Joo Rang Hong, 25, as well as Minh Tien Quach, 55, of Oakland, and Shania Winter Sievert, 22, of Okabena, Minn., were charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Clay County District Court with multiple drug selling charges, some of which are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
According to court documents:
The U.S. Postal Service in Fargo told Moorhead police on Feb. 10 that a package slated to be delivered to Hong’s Moorhead home had been flagged by a drug detection dog. After opening the package and others addressed to Hong, police found about 5 kilograms, or 11 pounds, of what appeared to be marijuana.
Moorhead police spoke with Hossain, who allegedly acknowledged he had been selling marijuana after his old roommate, Hong, introduced him to an individual from Oakland, Calif. Hong, who originally was selling the drugs, didn’t live at the address when police arrived because he previously went back to South Korea for military service in mid-May 2019, Hossain said.
Hong got Hossain, an international student at Minnesota State University Moorhead, set up to keep the business going, Hossain said, adding he received several packages of marijuana while Hong was away.
Officers who searched Hossain’s home said they found $90,481 in a safe, 324 doses of LSD, small amounts of ecstasy, marijuana and N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and drug paraphernalia.
Hossain said he didn’t sell the LSD, ecstasy and DMT but “gave” it to friends.
Police also discovered Sievert, who is Hong's girlfriend, was selling drugs after conducting a search of her home in May. Officers said they found marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana fruit chews.
Sievert said she began receiving packages of marijuana from California in June 2019 and she sells the drug out of her apartment.
Police later identified Quach as the sender for both Hossain and Sievert, according to court documents. Hong introduced Hossain and Sievert to Quach, court documents said.
Records indicate Quach sent more than 120 packages containing 176 kilograms, or 388 pounds, of marijuana to Hong, Sievert or Hossain, beginning in November 2018, court documents said.
Hong, Hossain and Sievert all lived together in Moorhead until late April 2019. Sievert moved out of the house in late April or early May of 2019.
None of the defendants have been booked into the Clay County Jail. Sievert is slated to appear in court on Nov. 24.