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Willmar, Minn., man faces drug, swindle charges after dealings with drug task force

WILLMAR -- Tony Gerrero Jr., 18, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Friday on a first-degree drug sale charge for selling methamphetamine to CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents on multiple occasions last fall.

Gerrero also appeared on a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession, plus a misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle, for possessing narcotic pain pills while he was attempting to swindle agents in an allegedly bogus drug deal earlier this week.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance is April 9 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint in the first-degree sale case, Gerrero sold informants a total of 13.9 grams of methamphetamine between Oct. 27 and Dec. 13. The five separate deals included sales that occurred in vehicles in the area of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue Southwest, with one of the sales completed in a church parking lot at the corner of 12th Street and Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest.

According to the complaint on the drug possession and swindle charges, Gerrero on Tuesday informed a drug task force agent that he could purchase 10 pills for $40. He was set up as an informant and given pre-recorded drug task force funds. While he was under surveillance by agents, Gerrero parked his vehicle along 15th Avenue Southwest and went behind a building used by the cemetery there. The agents didn't see anyone else in the area and noted that it was unlikely someone could walk through the thick foliage behind the building.

Gerrero late turned over 10 pills of acetaminophen with codeine and claimed a man named "Johnny" sold him the pills. He was questioned, with the agents noting that they saw no one else at the site of the sale, and allegedly removed the $40 from his sock and admitted to planting the drugs at the location. The money was identified as the previously recorded bills.

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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