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Willmar man pleads guilty in drug case; another man faces charges
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Erick Torres, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing meth and cocaine after he participated in selling meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December.

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As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two first-degree drug sale charges against Torres were dismissed. He will be sentenced July 26. The presumptive sentence is 28 months in prison.

Torres was one of three people charged in connection to the Dec. 22 sale. Jennifer Ann Jacobson, 45, of Willmar, was sentenced in April to 110 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine on a first-degree drug sale charge.

William Allan Tjaden, 31, of Willmar, is charged with two first-degree drug sale charges, plus a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation. A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 7.

The charges were filed after an informant arranged the sale of half an ounce of meth from Jacobson.

The meeting place was in a parking lot at the corner of First Street and Trott Avenue in Willmar. Jacobson told the informant she was waiting for her supplier.

Soon thereafter, Tjaden and Torres arrived and the transaction was completed. Both Jacobson's and Tjaden's vehicles were stopped by officers. Tjaden possessed a $50 bill matching previously recorded task force funds.

Jacobson had $300 in task force funds and a 3.9-gram bag of meth. The informant handed over the meth in a cigarette box.

Tjaden was interviewed by agents and allegedly admitted his involvement. He said Jacobson contacted him about getting meth to sell and that he contacted Torres, who provided him with meth earlier in the day.

During her interview with agents, Jacobson admitted complete involvement in the deal.

She initially claimed she gave all the drugs to the informant, but later admitted taking some of the drugs with her.

She also admitted to having a child with her during the transaction.

Officers then located Torres and stopped his vehicle. He had cocaine and meth in his right sock and left shoe. While checking items from Torres into evidence, more meth was found inside the battery compartment of a flashlight.

The drugs from the informant tested positive for meth and weighed approximately 11.7 grams. The meth and cocaine found on Torres weighed 7 grams and 1.2 grams.

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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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