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Updated: Five charged in connection to guns, drugs, explosives seized in rural Willmar

Erica Dischino / Tribune Several construction and transportation vehicles are parked Thursday at the Willmar residence where a search warrant was executed Tuesday afternoon. The search of Chad Monson’s property yielded methamphetamine, pills, cocaine, numerous firearms, ammunition, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.1 / 3
Erica Dischino / Tribune A Monson Excavating Truck is parked Thursday at Chad Monson’s property in Willmar. A search warrant executed Tuesday afternoon at the residence yielded methamphetamine, pills, cocaine, numerous firearms, ammunition, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.2 / 3
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WILLMAR — A search warrant Tuesday led to five arrests and uncovered drugs, nearly four dozen firearms and suspected explosives, including items found in a concrete bunker in the basement.

The items seized from the rural Willmar home included submachine guns, homemade silencers, night vision goggles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Arrested were Chad Lee Monson, 46, of Willmar, the resident of the property; Kayla Marae Lindstrand, 27, of Willmar; Thomas Walter Quimby, 41, of Willmar; Christine Ewelda Johnson, 37, of Cosmos; and John Russell Jacobson, 45, of Lake Lillian.

All made their first court appearances Thursday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court. All but Monson have been granted public defenders. Monson is the owner of Monson Excavating of Willmar.

Monson's bail was set at $500,000 without conditions or $250,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is Feb. 14.

Jacobson's bail is $150,000 without conditions and $25,000 with conditions. His next court date is Feb. 27. Bail for Johnson was set at $100,000 without conditions and $10,000 with conditions. Her next court appearance will be Feb. 28.

Lindstrand and Quimby were released on their own recognizance. Both will next be in court March 21.

The search of the home yielded methamphetamine, pills, cocaine, numerous firearms and ammunition. The firearms recovered included handguns, rifles, shotguns and submachine guns, according to court records.

The search of the property yielded numerous items believed to be explosive, according to the criminal complaint. The Minneapolis Police Bomb Squad responded and conducted a controlled detonation Tuesday evening southeast of Willmar. Residents in the area of the detonation said it rattled their windows.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said Thursday afternoon investigation is continuing, including tracing previous ownership of the firearms.

Hartog said he wasn't sure how long it had been since he had called the bomb squad. "It's been a while," he said. "It only took a couple hours for them to come out to help us."

With a controlled detonation, "no one gets hurt that way," Hartog said. "We just want to make sure everybody's safe."

According to the criminal complaint, Monson had told someone that he had the addresses of a judge, a prosecutor and another attorney and intended to use explosives in or near their homes and vehicles.

The five people arrested face a variety of felony and misdemeanor drug and weapons charges.

Monson faces felony counts of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, possessing a machine gun and possessing a firearm suppressor. He also faces two felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession and a gross misdemeanor count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Jacobson faces two felony counts of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, one felony count of possessing a machine gun and another felony count of possessing a firearm suppressor. He faces gross misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree drug possession, being a drug user in possession of a firearm and negligent storage of firearms accessible to a child.

Johnson faces a felony charge for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime, a felony count of fifth-degree drug possession, and a gross misdemeanor count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Quimby is charged with felony and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession and a gross misdemeanor count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Lindstrand is charged with two felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession.

According to the criminal complaint filed against all five defendants, the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force executed a no-knock search warrant Tuesday at Monson's home southeast of Willmar.

The searchers found Johnson, Quimby and Lindstrand on the property. Jacobson arrived during the search. Monson's vehicle was stopped by law enforcement while he was returning home along with his minor child.

The 3½-page document includes lists of firearms, drugs and ammunition found in different parts of the house.

In Monson's bedroom, he provided the entry code to a gun safe where authorities found drugs and paraphernalia stored next to a handgun, a rifle and night vision goggles.

Also in Monson's bedroom, they found ammunition, books on incendiary devices and a strap-on fake penis called a "Whizzinator," sometimes used to evade drug tests.

According to the complaint, Monson is on probation for a controlled substance crime and is required to submit to random testing.

In the basement living room, law enforcement found ammunition and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The search revealed a concrete bunker-type room in the basement, with the door hidden behind a false shelving unit, according to the complaint. Monson provided the combination to the door. Inside were at least 15 firearms, two without serial numbers; more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition; three containers containing loaded and unloaded magazines; and drug paraphernalia.

The bunker also held two homemade silencers and miscellaneous firearm parts, including parts to a Thompson submachine gun, an Uzi submachine gun and AK-47s.

Jacobson had been living in a bedroom in the lower level of the home. A search of that room yielded drugs and paraphernalia plus 18 firearms, including a grenade launcher and an Uzi-style submachine gun. About half were listed as loaded, and one had a suppressor. Four firearms had no serial numbers

According to the search warrant, Jacobson's bedroom did not have a lock, which would have allowed access to anyone in the house.

In the main floor living room, six long guns were found, one without a serial number. Miscellaneous ammunition was found in the laundry room. A rifle was found in another bedroom.

Quimby and Lindstrand had been using a converted bus as a bedroom. Along with drugs and paraphernalia, two loaded guns were found along with ammunition.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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