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Three appear on drug charges for selling meth to informant


WILLMAR -- Three people made their first court appearances Thursday on drug charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant Tuesday evening.

William Allan Tjaden, 30, of Willmar, is charged with two first-degree drug sale charges, plus a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation. Unconditional bail was set at $120,000. No conditional bail was allowed.

Erick Torres, 23, of Willmar, faces two first-degree drug sale charges, plus another felony for possessing cocaine. His unconditional bail was also set at $120,000. No conditional bail was allowed.

Jennifer Ann Jacobson, 44, of Raymond, is charged with two first-degree drug sale counts, plus a third-degree drug possession charge and a gross misdemeanor charge for child endangerment for allegedly having a 12-year-old child with her during the drug buy. Unconditional bail was set at $80,000 with conditional release for $4,000 cash only. She was ordered to cooperate with Kandiyohi County Family Services and possess no weapons.

All three make their next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Jan. 4.

According to the complaint, an informant contacted Jacobson to purchase a half ounce of meth. The informant was provided with $1,400 in recorded task force funds and arranged to meet Jacobson around 8:30 p.m. in a parking lot at the corner of First Street and Trott Avenue. She told the informant she was waiting for her supplier and soon afterward Tjaden and Torres arrived and the purchase was completed.

Both vehicles driven by Jacobson and Tjaden were stopped by officers and Tjaden possessed a $50 bill that matched the 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 purchased 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 had provided Tjaden with meth earlier in the day.

During her interview with agents, Jacobson also admitted involving in the deal, selling the drugs for $950, taking $300 and giving the rest of the money to Tjaden. She initially claimed she gave all the drugs to the informant, but later allegedly admitting taking some with her and also admitted to having the child with her during the transaction.

Officers located Torres and stopped his vehicle. He said he had drugs on him and the cocaine and meth were located in his right sock and left shoe. While checking items from Torres into evidence, more meth was found inside of 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.

Tjaden has a prior third-degree drug sale conviction from February 2004. Jacobson has a prior conviction, for third-degree possession in Martin County, in May 2008.

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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