Five people face drug charges after bust in Benson
BENSON -- Five people face drug sale, possession and child endangerment charges in Swift County District Court for their roles in selling controlled substances to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.
Gerrick James Maus, 25, and Heidi Marie Wolney, 21, both of Benson, were arrested after allegedly selling controlled substances to an undercover informant on Wednesday. Both made their first court appearances Friday on felony fifth-degree drug sale charges. Maus makes his next appearance on Oct. 18 and Wolney makes her next appearance on Oct. 11.
According to a news release from Benson Police Chief Jim Crace, drug task force agents and Benson Police officers then served a search warrant on a home along the 200 block of State Highway 9 Northeast in Benson.
Christena Lee Quigley, 35, of Kerkhoven, and Angela Mae Wrobleski, 35, of Benson, were arrested at the scene. Three children; ages 7, 11 and 12 years old were removed from the home. The 11 year old was taken into protective custody. The Swift County Sheriff's Office and Swift County Human Services assisted at the scene.
Quigley faces a felony charge for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment. Her next hearing is Oct. 18.
Wrobleski faces four felony charges, including third-degree drug sales for conspiring or employing a minor to sell drugs, fifth-degree sale and for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus a gross misdemeanor child endangerment charge. Her bail was set at $250,000. Wrobleski's next appearance is Sept. 24.
Everett James Quigley, 32 of Benson was interviewed and arrested later on Wednesday. He faces three felony charges, including third-degree drug sales for conspiring or employing a minor to sell drugs, fifth-degree sale and for storing meth paraphernalia. He was also ordered held on $250,000 bail. His next appearance is Oct. 4.
"These arrests were a result of a three-month investigation by the Benson Police Department and the CEE VI Drug Task Force. Drug investigations take a lot of time and patience" said Crace. "My officers have been working with agents from the CEE VI Drug Task Force over the past couple of months to put this case together."
The investigation began when one concerned citizen called and reported suspicious behavior, Crace said.