Drug Bust in Pennington County


3 people charged last Tuesday by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office as a result of a burglary investigation

October 22nd, a Marshall County Deputy responded to the report of a burglary at the TRF Pallet in Excel township in Marshall County. TRF Pallet closed around midnight the previous evening at which time the gate of the business was locked. At approximately 0600 hours the following morning, an employee discovered someone had cut the lock and removed the chain from the gate. Items stolen overnight included a green 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck bearing MN plate #219LHM along with numerous tools including approximately 20 Bostitch brand nail guns, 2 way radios, leaf blowers, gas powered concrete saw, misc. tools, etc.

Nicholas Hagman

Several agencies cooperated in the investigation. During the investigation, certain pieces of information were gained through interviews, cell phone records and contact with pawn shops.  Nicholas Arley Hagman of Thief River Falls had recently sold a truck matching the description of the stolen truck and had received $12,000 for it somewhere in the Twin Cities. He had recently sold a concrete saw at Max-It pawn in Friday. He had also recently been trading drugs for a .45 caliber handgun. It was also found that Hagman was staying in a room at Seven Clans Casino where he had received visitors. One of the visitors’ was

Rayne Villa

Rayne Austin Villa of Red Lake Falls. Hailey Michelle Sheridan-rural Thief River Falls had also been seen with Nicholas Hagman carrying bags into the Casino.

November 5th at 420 pm, a Jeep-driven by Nicholas Hagman was stopped pursuant to a search warrant as it left the Casino parking lot. An Oldsmobile Alero, also registered to Hagman, had left the Casino at the same time. Nicholas Hagman was the driver of the Jeep and Hailey Sheridan was his passenger. Officers found some 9 millimeter bullets and a large knife with a swastika in the vehicle. Hagman was arrested and taken to jail. Sheridan was brought in to be questioned. The vehicle was towed to the Law Enforcement Center and searched when drug paraphernalia was located.

The driver of the Oldsmobile Alero was Rayne Villa and during the stop of Hagman’s Jeep, Villa had driven back to the Casino. Officers knew Hagman had possession of bullets but no gun was found so they drove to the Casino to interview Rayne Villa as he was involved with Hagman. During a pat-down search of Villa, officers found Methamphetamine baggies which later weighed in at 9.98 grams. The Oldsmobile Alero that Villa had driven was towed to the Law Enforcement Center where a search warrant was executed and a glass bong with Methamphetamine residue was located.

No mention of recovered items from the original burglary. Orders of detention were issued for Nicholas Hagman, Rayne Villa and Hailey Sheridan by the Pennington County District Court on November 7th. Hagman and Villa remain in jail. Sheridan is not in jail at this time. Hagman was charged with Felon in Possession of a firearm and Felony 5th degree drugs. Villa was charged with Felony possession with intent to sell and Felony 5th degree drugs. Sheridan was charged with Gross misdemeanor Drug possession. Agencies involved in the case include the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Thief River Falls Police Department, Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Lake Police Department.


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