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Three face drug charges, marijuana grow found in Lac qui Parle County, Minn.

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MADISON -- Three people were arrested Monday and face felony drug charges for their alleged roles in a marijuana growing operation at a home in Cerro Gordo Township of Lac qui Parle County.

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According to a news release from the Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff's Office, Raymond Eugene Cornelisen, 52, Derek Eugene Cornelisen, 26, and Donna Jean Kenowski, 48, were arrested after sheriff's deputies and officers from the Benson Police Department executed a search warrant on a home along 280th Street Monday while seeking stolen property.

Because officers located possible drug evidence, they obtained a second search warrant and also executed that warrant on the property. The officers confiscated marijuana plants, lights, pots, fertilizer, meth pipes, illegal mushrooms, several pounds of marijuana and a stolen four-wheeler and motorcycle. Several guns were also confiscated.

The suspects made their first appearance Wednesday in Lac qui Parle County District Court. Raymond Cornelisen is charged with two felonies for fifth-degree drug possession and receiving stolen property. His bail was set at $3,000.

Derek Cornelisen and Kenowski each face a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession. Cornelisen's bail was set at $7,500 and Kenowski's at $3,000.

All three defendants make their next appearance on July 2.

More arrests and charges are possible in the case, pending the conclusion of the investigation, according to the news release.

Also assisting were the Appleton Police Department, the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the West Central SWAT Team and the Madison Ambulance.

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