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Minneapolis woman sentenced to prison for selling cocaine


WILLMAR -- Aiesha C. Caldwell, 28, of Minneapolis, was sentenced Monday to 24 months in prison and a $2,000 fine on a third-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant last summer.

As part of her sentence handed down by Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court, Caldwell was given credit for 102 days already served. As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree drug sale charge was dismissed.

Caldwell is one of three people charged in the case. Deedra Lyn Hargrave, 42, of Morris was sentenced in December to 93 months in prison and a $1,500 fine on a second-degree drug sale count. Ryan Scott Unke, 22, of Brooten, was sentenced in January to 48 months in prison and a $1,000 fine, also on a second-degree drug sale charge.

According to the complaints against the three defendants, the informant purchased 40 Lortab pills, a prescription narcotic, from Unke on July 13. The purchase was made in a retail store parking lot in Willmar, with Hargrave meeting the informant and Unke at the location. Hargrave told the informant she could get him whatever he wanted for drugs.

The informant purchased 5.8 grams of cocaine on July 23 and 10.5 grams of cocaine on July 27 from Unke.

On Aug. 2, the informant bought 8.6 grams of cocaine from Unke and Hargrave in another retail store parking lot in Willmar.

On Aug. 27, the informant purchased 8.8 grams of cocaine from all three defendants in a motel parking lot in Willmar. The informant also allegedly purchased crack cocaine during the meeting.

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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