Drug trafficking case transferred to federal court
Kelly Eugene Kerr, 41, also known as Lurch, and Joshua Wayne Tucker, 43, also known as Worm, have been indicted in U.S. District Court in North Dakota on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Kerr was also indicted for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. According to court documents, he had a 2009 conviction in Riverside, Calif., for robbery and was in possession of four firearms and ammunition in February in North Dakota. Tucker who was convicted of murder in 2003 in Tulare County, Calif., was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. Tucker allegedly had two firearms and ammunition in his possession.
Both had originally been charged in state court.
A woman who had originally been charged in connection with the case in state court, Tatianna Kerr, was ordered released from custody on Thursday. Quintin Dale Avery had also been charged in connection with the case but charges against him were dismissed in state court and he was not indicted in federal court.
According to court documents in the state court case, members of the Ward County Narcotics Task Force obtained a search warrant and searched a Ward County residence on Feb. 5. The search led to a sizable seizure of multiple illegal narcotics and weapons. The search warrant was issued after an investigation that originated from a public tip.
The Task Force seized 431 grams of methamphetamine, 16 grams of tar heroin, 137 grams of cocaine, 400 hydrocodone pills, 50 oxycodone pills, 1.5 pounds of marijuana, and 2 grams of MDMA. The Task Force also seized multiple handguns, rifles, and a shotgun.