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Judge sets high bail in New London drug arrests

Amber Gandrud1 / 2
Jeremy Rudolph2 / 2

WILLMAR — A New London couple arrested this week for allegedly having over two pounds of meth and three-quarters of a pound of pot in their apartment made their first court appearances Wednesday on three felony drug charges.

Citing the seriousness of the charges, their potential for being flight risks and risks to public safety, Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Aaron Welch asked that bail be set at three-quarters of a million dollars for Jeremy Shane Rudolph, 39, and Amber Dawn Gandrud, 33.

Rudolph and Gandrud face three identical charges including first-degree sale of drugs, first-degree possession of drugs and fifth-degree possession of drugs.

Judge Donald Spilseth set unconditional bail for Rudolph at $600,000 and conditional bail at $300,000.

Unconditional bail for Gandrud was set at $500,000 and conditional bail at $250,000.

According to the complaint filed against them, Rudolph and Gandrud were arrested early Monday morning when agents of the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, along with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, executed a narcotics search warrant at an apartment building in the 100 block of First Avenue Northeast in New London.

When agents arrived shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and Rudolph and Gandrud were "secured," officers found four bags of meth under the bathroom sink with a combined weight of 2.3 pounds.

According to a news release issued earlier by the Sheriff's Office, that amount of meth has an estimated street value of $30,000.

Agents also allegedly found a bag of marijuana weighing three-quarters of a pound, a digital scale, two rifles, ammunition, various drug paraphernalia and a pay/owe sheet.

During her court appearance, Gandrud sobbed uncontrollably and said the drugs were not hers.

Rudolph showed little emotion when answering the judge's questions.

Both were denied a request for a public defender because they left many questions blank on the application form. Judge Spilseth said their requests will be reconsidered if they re-submit the forms with complete information.

They are currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Their next court appearances are set for May 30.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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