Bruce Paul Peltier, 56, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and marijuana.
Officers from the Grand Forks Regional Narcotics Task Force entered 321 N. Fourth St. at 12:20 p.m. with a warrant to search Peltier’s apartment, a press release from the Grand Forks Police Department said. The lead officer was attacked by “a large, vicious dog” in the apartment building, the release said. Another officer tried to stop the dog from biting, but it was relentless, according to the release. The dog was shot and killed by the officer.
Lt. Derik Zimmel said he is unsure of what breed of dog it was and how many shots were fired. He said it’s extremely rare that police resort to shooting a dog.
Peltier was allegedly home when officers arrived and cooperated with police by telling them where he kept his drugs.
Police found 37 bags of methamphetamine, 20 bags of marijuana, five 1-ounce bags of marijuana, pipes, scales, baggies and plastic containers with drug residue, an affidavit for Peltier’s arrest said. He also allegedly had two oxycodone pills on him.
Peltier allegedly told police he was working for another man who lived in the building.
Officers asked Peltier about selling drugs to Central High School students and he told them, “I only sell the high school kids marijuana, not the hard stuff,” the affidavit said. His apartment is only a few blocks from the school.
Peltier is charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and marijuana, and three misdemeanor counts for having drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.
He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19.