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Willmar, Minn., woman pleads to selling pot to informant

WILLMAR -- Lauralee Mary Evans, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling one-quarter pound of marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in January.

Evans will be sentenced Nov. 27 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

She is one of four people charged in the case. Sergio Balladares Jr., 20, of Willmar, is scheduled to appear at his next hearing on Dec. 3. Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 19, and Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 21, both of Willmar, both have warrants for their arrest in the case.

According to the complaints against Evans and Balladares, the informant arranged to purchase the marijuana for $350 on Jan. 25 in a parking lot along U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar. The informant and a CEE-VI agent met the pair in the parking lot and then another vehicle came to the lot. The second vehicle, later stopped by Willmar police, was driven by Mendoza, who with Lopez-Rasmussen subsequently met the informant in another parking lot to complete the sale. Mendoza told the officer that the deal was moved and delayed because Lopez-Rasmussen didn't want to sell the drugs to the informant.

The informant turned over the marijuana, in a fast-food bag, to agents. The drugs weighed 110 grams and field-tested positive as marijuana.

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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