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Grand Forks County man resists arrest, faces federal drug charges

Zackery Crandall

FARGO— Zackery Thomas Crandall, 30, of Grand Forks, was arrested Monday, Jan. 22, by the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force. After officers showed Crandall their badges, he "aggressively pulled his daughter" off a school bus and ran into a nearby apartment complex, according to charging documents from Grand Forks District Court.

Crandall, who had barricaded himself in an apartment, claimed he didn't do anything wrong and wouldn't open the door for officers. Officers were able to enter the unit, but Crandall punched an agent in the face, according to court documents. He resisted arrest as he was taken into custody by four officers.

Investigators said they found a "black vial" that contained a gram of meth on Crandall's person.

The arrest resulted in three Class C felony charges—possession of meth, simple assault on a peace officer and preventing arrest—as well as a Class B misdemeanor charge of refusal to halt in Grand Forks District Court. He faces up to approximately 15 years in prison.

Crandall also was charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony, when he triggered an armed standoff Feb. 12, 2016, in Grand Forks. As part of an agreement, he was ordered to complete mental health and chemical dependency evaluations and treatments in exchange for avoiding jail time.

That case was reopened after prosecutors said he did not fulfill the terms of the agreement. The case is listed as inactive.

Crandall, along with Dennis Duane Kreun, 59, of Manvel, N.D., were charged this week in U.S. District Court in Fargo with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to federal court records. Documents detailing the allegations have not been unsealed because more people could be charged in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo.

Kreun was arrested Wednesday in Fargo. His criminal history in North Dakota and Minnesota is limited to traffic violations and a 1997 Polk County case in which he pleaded guilty to a first-degree controlled substance charge.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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