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Bail set for third person charged for alleged meth sales


WILLMAR -- Gerald Allen Schulenburg, 39, of Belgrade, made his first court appearance Tuesday on felony drug sale charges, for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Schulenburg faces one second-degree and one third-degree drug sale charge, plus a gross misdemeanor for possessing guns as a user of controlled substances, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000, with conditional bail allowed for $1,500 cash.

Schulenburg is one of three individuals facing felony charges for selling meth in the New London area. Kathleen Mary Huiras-Weber, 43, and Troy Gordon Houdek, 47, both of New London, are also charged in the case.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI informant purchased a gram of meth on June 25 and 2.3 grams on June 30. On July 21, the informant attempted to buy more meth from the men, as Huiras-Weber was in the county jail. The informant and a CEE-VI agent met Houdek at the Country Stop in New London and gave him money to buy drugs, but Houdek returned the money after he suspected he was being followed by task force agents.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Schulenburg's home on July 1. Officers found a total of $2,928 in his wallet, a total of 7 grams of meth in the garage, an "owe" sheet, drug paraphernalia and surveillance equipment in the house. A number of weapons, including three .22-caliber guns, four 12-gauge shotguns and a .410 shotgun plus ammunition, were found in the home. He claimed the meth was for his personal use, that he had not sold or given any to anyone and that the cash came from selling a car for $2,000 and a cashing a $600 paycheck.

Officers later verified that the cash confiscated from Schulenburg contained bills recorded by CEE-VI as used to fund the June 30 controlled buy.

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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