Tiago Gilbert sentenced for sale of narcoticsTiago Antonio Gilbert, 19, of the Twin Cities area, was sentenced in Carlton County Court last Thursday, Aug. 26, for his role in a gang-related drug sale that took place on the Fond du Lac Reservation on June 29.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Tiago Antonio Gilbert, 19, of the Twin Cities area, was sentenced in Carlton County Court last Thursday, Aug. 26, for his role in a gang-related drug sale that took place on the Fond du Lac Reservation on June 29. Judge Dale Wolf sentenced Gilbert to local confinement of 90 days and three years of supervised probation for felony third-degree sale of a narcotic as well as local confinement of 30 days for a misdemeanor charge of theft of movable property. Various court fees and conditions were applied to Gilbert’s sentence as well. A felony charge for a crime committed for the benefit of a gang-crime was dismissed.
On July 29, Gilbert pleaded guilty to the charge of third-degree sale of a narcotic, stating he was at the car during the time of the drug sale and knew what was going on at the time of the sale.
Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese explained that Gilbert’s sentence followed state guidelines since he had no previous criminal history within the jurisdiction. Following his court appearance, however, Gilbert was extradited to the state of Wisconsin to face felony charges related to a weapons offense in Sawyer County.
Gilbert and Henry Yakima Thinelk, 24, also of the Twin Cities, as well as local residents Amanda Verle Reynolds, 20, and Little Fawn Fohrenkam, 27, were all charged in relation to the local crime.
Gilbert and Thinelk are allegedly members of the “21st Street Boys,” a Native American metro-area gang, and the complaint against them charged they supplied the crack cocaine to sell to local drug users known by Reynolds and Fohrenkam.
Court documents stated the crack cocaine sale was monitored by police through observation and recording devices worn by the police informant making the purchase, which was paid for with marked currency. According to the complaint, Reynolds drove her car, and then got out to make the sale in the informant’s vehicle. When she returned to her car, she gave the money to Thinelk, who was the front seat passenger in her car. After driving away, Thinelk threw the currency into the back seat toward Gilbert just before police stopped the vehicle. After the arrest, $5 of the marked currency was found in the back seat, while Gilbert had $395.
Boese said the other three involved in the crime are still working their way through the judicial system. Reynolds and Fohrenkam both posted bail, but Thinelk remains in custody. Since Thinelk is a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair, Boese reported he is being held in a medical facility in Hennepin County until his next court appearance. Thinelk is slated for a contested omnibus hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Carlton County Court.