Pleas entered in pot sale case involving 11-year-old child
BENSON -- Four of the five people charged with drug sale, possession and child endangerment pleas in Swift County District Court for their roles in a marijuana deal that involved an 11-year-old child have entered guilty pleas.
Everett James Quigley, 32, of Kerkhoven, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. As part of a plea agreement, two drug sale charges -- including one for conspiring or employing a minor to sell drugs -- were dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 16.
Gerrick James Maus, 26, and Heidi Marie Wolney, 22, of Brooklyn Park, and formerly of Benson, both have pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug sale charges. He will be sentenced Tuesday, and she will be sentenced March 2.
Angela Mae Wrobleski, 35, of Benson, faces four felony charges, including third-degree drug sale 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 omnibus hearing is Jan. 28.
A fifth defendant, Christena Lee Quigley, 35, of Kerkhoven, pleaded guilty in November to a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment. She was sentenced to 91 days in jail, with three days to serve and 88 days stayed, a $250 fine and two years of probation. She was also ordered to not use drugs or alcohol, submit to random testing, and complete chemical dependency aftercare. A felony charge for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child against Christena Quigley was dismissed.
According to the complaint against Everett Quigley, agents were contacted Aug. 31 by Maus, who was working as an informant.
He said he could buy marijuana from Quigley for $40. Maus went to Quigley's home and returned about 10 minutes later with a 7.9-gram plastic bag of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.
Maus told the agents that he met a girl, determined to be 11 years of age, who had been instructed to hand him the bag of pot in return for the cash.
The transaction was set up by Everett Quigley through Wrobleski's cell phone.
A search warrant was served around 2 p.m. Sept. 1. Wrobleski and Christena Quigley were located at the property with the child. Also discovered were vials with meth residue, more than 40 grams of marijuana and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia.
Christena Quigley was interviewed and admitted to possessing marijuana with or near the child. Wrobleski was interviewed and allegedly admitted to having the child conduct the drug deal as she and Everett Quigley could not wait for Maus to show up at the home.
According to a news release from Benson Police Chief Jim Crace, the arrests were the result of a three-month investigation that began when a concerned citizen called to report suspicious behavior.