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Emily Welker, Published February 21 2014

Two Fargo residents charged in scheme to mail meth

FARGO – Two Fargo residents face felony charges for their involvement in an alleged scheme to deal methamphetamines mailed to one of them at a post office box here.

That’s according to criminal charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court against Christine Yvonne Luetzow, 27, and Matthew William Hedstrom, 35, both of Fargo.

Court documents say Luetzow had been the subject of a drug distribution investigation for several months by the U.S. Postal Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

A DEA officer contacted the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and told Special Agent Shelby Franklin that the DEA investigation showed Luetzow received 14 packages delivered from the same source to her post office box at the 1455 32nd St. S. post office.

One of those packages contained 22 grams of meth, documents say.

At 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, agents from the DEA, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Postal Service and the Cass County Drug Task Force arrived at the southside post office, where Hedstrom was driving Luetzow in a maroon Chevy Impala.

When Luetzow went in to pick up her package, agents moved in on Hedstrom.

Hedstrom tried to drive in reverse, but the Impala got stuck on the ice.

As officers yelled for him to stop, Hedstrom got the car moving and backed into Special Agent Kelly Wimmer’s vehicle.

Hedstrom put the Impala in drive and pulled forward, accelerating onto a sidewalk, where a woman was standing motionless as officers shouted for her to move.

Hedstrom drove over the sidewalk, narrowly missing the woman, then drove over the lawn and back into the parking lot before speeding out of the parking lot and getting away.

The woman in the near-miss ran into the post office, where Luetzow put down her receipt and tried to walk away before being arrested.

In an interview at the Cass County jail, Luetzow allegedly told DEA investigators not every package she received had “anything in it,” and that she had known she was being followed and would be arrested.

She told agents that Hedstrom would not be taken alive, saying, “He’ll let you kill him before he gets caught.”

An arrest warrant was issued for Hedstrom, who was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and one count of fleeing a peace officer, both Class C felonies.

Luetzow was charged with one count of Class B felony attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Her bail was set at $20,000.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541