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Guilty plea, sentencing in meth, marijuana case

WILLMAR — Jose Juan Rodriguez, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing methamphetamine and marijuana found in a Willmar residence when law enforcement officers served a search warrant in February.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child will be dismissed. He will be sentenced June 19.

Another man charged in the case, Martin Hernandez, 30, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 100 days in jail and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge for storing meth paraphernalia.

Rodriguez, Hernandez, Isabel Hernandez, 26, of Willmar, and Andrea Nicole Hernandez, 25 were charged in the case. Isabel Hernandez pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of storing drug paraphernalia in the presence of children and will be sentenced June 3.

Andrea Hernandez has a hearing on May 28 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

 The charges were filed after officers from the Willmar Police Department and agents from the CEE-VI drug and gang task force executed a search warrant Feb. 4 at a home in the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast in Willmar.

The four adults lived at the home along with four children from ages 3 to 9, according to the court file. The search occurred while the children were at school, and they were placed in the custody of Kandiyohi County Family Services.

The search yielded 14 grams of methamphetamine and 11.8 grams of marijuana. Also found were drug paraphernalia, small baggies, a digital scale and a sheet detailing payments and debts related to drug sales.

The defendants told investigators that they smoked meth in the house and the attached garage and that Rodriguez had been selling meth and marijuana from the house.