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Two Melrose women charged for allegedly selling prescription drug to task force agent

WILLMAR -- Two Melrose women made their first court appearance Thursday on first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 for both Brenda Sue Acrie, 52, and Samantha Sue Roberts, 31. Conditional bail was allowed for both at $7,500. Their next appearance in court is May 10.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI agent received information in January that the women could sell Lortab, a prescription medication, for $5 a tablet. He gave his contact information to the women. On March 10 received a call from Acrie, who offered to sell him 100 pills. The agent asked if she had 100 more.

They arranged to meet in a parking lot along East Highway 12, where the agent received 200 pills for a total cost of $1,000. The purchase was made with previously recorded funds from the task force and was observed by other officers on surveillance. Analysis by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed the 200 tablets had a total weight of 128 grams. The active ingredients in Lortab are hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

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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