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Three people from Willmar are facing drug charges for alleged sales of cocaine to drug task force informant

WILLMAR -- Three people were arraigned Friday on first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on multiple occasions and possessing cocaine found during the execution of two search warrants.

Unconditional bail was set at $500,000 for Maira Alejandra Fernandez, 20, of Willmar, who faces two first-degree felony charges. Conditional bail was set at $250,000 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Gilberto Reyes III, 24, of Willmar, who is identified in court documents as Fernandez' boyfriend, also faces two felony first-degree charges. Unconditional bail was set at $400,000 with conditional bail at $150,000.

Jadie Reyes, 18, of Willmar, faces two felony charges. She is identified as a cousin to Gilberto Reyes. Her bail was set at $200,000 or conditional bail of $25,000. All three defendants make their next appearance on Feb. 19.

Two others, Nelda Sepulveda, 41, of Willmar, and Santos Reyes, 39, of Willmar, have warrants for their arrest. They are each wanted on four felony drug sale and conspiracy charges, plus a gross misdemeanor for possessing a gun as a user of a controlled substance.

According to the complaints against Gilberto Reyes and Fernandez, a confidential informant for the drug task force made six drug purchases from the couple between August and October at their home in Regency Estates West. Each purchase was made with funds provided by the task force and the drugs were turned over to agents after the deals were complete.

On Wednesday, agents served a search warrant on the home and found two small children, ages 3 and 2, at the home with another wo-man. Officers found drug-selling paraphernalia, scales, an "owe" sheet, a small am-ount of cash and 17 grams of cocaine in the home.

Both Gilberto Reyes and Fernandez arrived at the home during the search and were arrested.

According to the complaint ag-ainst Jadie Reyes, who is identified as a daughter to Santos Reyes and Sepulveda, the informant made six purchases from Santos Reyes and Sepulveda over the same time period.

On one occasion, on Nov. 4, Jadie Reyes was present at the home when the informant purchased 2.4 grams of cocaine for $250.

A search of their home, also in Regency West, revealed 12 grams of cocaine; $4,000 in cash, including two $100 bills that were recorded as used by the informant to purchase cocaine from Gilberto Reyes; a loaded .25-caliber handgun; gang photos of Santos Reyes; a U.S. Border Patrol shirt and badge; and a Rice Memorial Hospital identification card in Sepulveda's name.

In an interview with officers, Jadie Reyes confirmed she was present during the Nov. 4 drug purchase and that she was the only person home during the Dec. 3 search because Sepulveda had kicked Santos Reyes out of the home. Sepulveda had left for Texas recently and the girl did not know when she would return.