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District Court, Kandiyohi County, Oct. 30

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Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

n Marlon Vallecillo, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced to five years of probation, 68 days in jail and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

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He was given credit for 68 days already served. He is also known as Ricardo Garcia and Luis Alfonso Salias.

The charges, along with driving while impaired charges were filed after a Willmar police officer on patrol around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 21 observed a vehicle cross the centerline and drive over the curb. The officer stopped the vehicle near U.S. Highway 12 and state Highway 40.

The driver turned over an instruction permit in the Salias name. There were open containers in the backseat and passengers who appeared intoxicated. The driver said he drank no alcohol and front seat passenger was giggling noticeably but denied drinking alcohol. The driver was given a breath test and arrested.

The officer was informed by dispatch that Salias was listed as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. The man in custody was 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds. Records also showed that Salias was in jail in San Antonio on a probation violation.

The prints given by Vallecillo came back under the identity of Garcia. Vallecillo claimed to have never been arrested and claimed his name was Garcia. During the booking process for driving while impaired, Vallecillo admitted to his real name.

During a later interview, Vallecillo allegedly admitted he had a driver's permit in the Salias name for two years, that he signed the form to get the permit and that neither of the aliases were his real name.

n Nicholas Austin Sorenson, 20, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000 with conditional at $15,000. His next appearance is Nov. 10. He also faces a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police office stopped a vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 20 along High Avenue for having illegally tinted windows.

Sorenson, a passenger in the car, was arrested on a warrant for another controlled substance charge. The officer noted he and another passenger were wearing the blue colors of the Gangster Disciples gang. He was searched and the officer found $315 in cash on his person.

The driver gave permission to search the vehicle and officers found a light bulb used as methamphetamine pipe with residue and a lock box containing a bag of white substance inside. The officer couldn't open the box, but could see through cracks in the box that there were drugs inside. Sorenson claimed others in the car had put the stuff in his bag.

The jail staff found that Sorenson had a key that appeared to open the box, so the officer got a search warrant and opened the box. The box contained three separate baggies: one contained 20 pills of Seroquel 50 and the two others held two and three grams of meth. The box also contained a digital scale.

n Kody Blair Koepp, 18, of Lake Lillian, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance for allegedly having 64 grams of marijuana in his vehicle.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is Nov. 10.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of possessing more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a vehicle, having no proof of insurance and driving an uninsured vehicle, plus a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was on patrol around 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Lake Lillian. The officer observed and stopped a white pickup for having tires that extended past the fenders of the vehicle.

The deputy observed a male front-seat passenger who appeared to stick something under the seat, appeared very nervous and didn't make eye contact. The deputy also noticed that the passenger's carotid artery in his neck was pounding quite heavily.

Koepp told the officer he had only owned the vehicle for a couple of weeks, had been stopped for the same tire violation and that fender flairs he ordered off the internet hadn't arrived, but would be coming soon. He was unable to provide proof of insurance.

The officer observed a strong odor of burnt marijuana and that both Koepp and his passenger had very dilated pupils. Both were asked to get out of the vehicle and the passenger had a green leafy substance and ashes on his pants. There was a glass pipe on the seat.

Koepp allegedly said there were bongs and other items in the vehicle. Under the seat, the officer found a book on how to grow marijuana. In the glove box, there was a marijuana grinder, bags of marijuana, a digital scale and paraphernalia.

Koepp was arrested. A further search of the vehicle unveiled more marijuana, another grinder, digital scale and paraphernalia.

The officer also found a receipt for the tires on the 1999 Dodge pickup. It was dated Oct. 6, 2008.

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