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Woman, 31, sentenced for selling pills to task force agent

WILLMAR -- Samantha Sue Roberts, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, 20 years of probation, a $1,500 fine and 129 days in jail on a third-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent.

Roberts was given credit for 86 days already served in jail and will be allowed to do community service work to cover her fine. She was also se-ntenced on a gross misdemeanor charge for having children present during the March drug sale. That sentence included a $3,000 fine, with $2,950 stayed, 129 days in jail, with credit for 86 days already served, and one year of probation. The jail time is to be served concurrently, or at the same time as the felony sentence.

As part of a plea agreement, three first-degree drug sale counts and another gross misdemeanor for child endangerment was dismissed.

Roberts and Brenda Sue Acrie, 53, of Melrose, were both charged in the case. Acrie pleaded guilty to the same two charges and will be sentenced Aug. 30.

The charges were filed after 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, he 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 U.S. Highway 12 East, where the agent received 200 pills at a cost of $1,000. The purchase was made with previously recorded funds from the task force and was observed by other officers on surveillance. There were children in the backseat of the vehicle occupied by Acrie and Roberts.

Analysis by the state 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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