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Man pleads to felony drug count, four Willmar, Minn., housemates also are charged

WILLMAR — Mark Russell Johnson, 47, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child for drug usage items seized when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents searched a Willmar residence in December.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge against Johnson will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 20.

Johnson is one of five people charged in the case. Rudy Gonzales San Miguel, 42, and Kelly Jo Montoya, 40, both of Willmar, each face two felony charges of first-degree drug possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Both have entered not guilty pleas to the charges and are scheduled to make their next appearance Monday.

Cody Wayne Garvick, 21, of Willmar, faces three felony charges for fifth-degree possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus for bringing contraband into a correctional facility. A jury trial for Garvick is scheduled for April 23.

Morgan Rae Walsh, 18, of Benson, is charged with fifth-degree possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Her case was taken under advisement by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a warrant Dec. 28 on a home along the 500 block of 13th Avenue Southwest and located all five defendants in the home. The agents also located meth and marijuana in a bedroom claimed by Garvick and Walsh, along with paraphernalia and 4.1 grams of synthetic marijuana found on Garvick when he was processed into the county jail.

The search also revealed meth and two water bong smoking devices, which tested positive for meth and contained 360 grams of fluid, and more than $2,900 in cash was found in a bedroom claimed by Gonzales and Montoya.

In another bedroom, claimed by Johnson, agents located drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth.

All five were interviewed and allegedly admitted to using drugs. Montoya told agents that two children, ages 16 and 17, live at the home where drugs are used regularly.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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