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Couple faces drug charges after search warrant reveals cocaine, pot

WILLMAR — Manuel Antonio Luna and Nora Lizeth Luna, both 30, of Willmar, each made their first court appearance Friday on second-degree drug possession charges for 11 grams of cocaine found in their residence Thursday during a search by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. Both are scheduled to make their next appearance on Dec. 23 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Both also face a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, as there were two young children found in the southeast Willmar residence during the search, and petty misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the complaints, the search warrant was executed on the home around 8:45 a.m. Thursday and revealed a total of 11 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in a bedroom. The paraphernalia included a marijuana grinder and bong, drug pipes, a drug snorting tube and a WD-40 can used to conceal the cut corners of plastic bags, commonly used as drug packaging material.

The search also revealed drug paraphernalia in the kitchen and photos of marijuana and other drug items on digital memory cards.

Nora Luna was interviewed and claimed to know nothing about the cocaine, that she never saw her husband use cocaine and that he went outside of the residence to smoke marijuana. She denied using either cocaine or marijuana.

Manuel Luna allegedly admitted to using cocaine and that he had recently purchased 7 grams for $350, noting that the stash was in his sock drawer. He also told agents there was a half gram of cocaine in a red toolbox in the entry of the home and agents found the drugs in the toolbox.

He allegedly admitted to using cocaine for three to four years and that he uses a half gram per day at a cost of $600 per month. He also said that he and his wife fight daily about his cocaine use and that she is aware of the drug use.

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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