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Drug charges against teen ordered continued for dismissal

WILLMAR -- Four drug sale and possession charges against a 18-year-old Willmar teenager were ordered continued for dismissal Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The charges, two first-degree and two second-degree felonies, against Jadie Reyes will be dismissed after she successfully completes probation conditions including no similar crimes, no use of controlled substances and submission to random testing. The disposition was handed down by Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

Reyes was one of five Willmar residents charged for selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on multiple occasions last year and for possessing cocaine found during the execution of a search warrant. The char-ges included that she was present during one of six purchases made by the informant from her parents.

Her father, Santos Pena Reyes, 40, was sentenced Monday to 74 months in prison and a $2,000 fine on a first-degree drug sale conspiracy charge. Her mother, Nelda Sepulveda, 41, was sentenced April 21 to 90 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and 10 years of probation on a third-degree controlled substance conspiracy charge.

Maira Alejandra Fernandez, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty April 27 to a fourth-degree controlled substance sale charge and a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment. She will be sentenced June 2. Gilberto Reyes III, 25, faces two felony first-degree drug sale charges and is scheduled for a June 9 jury trial. Court documents identify Santos Reyes as an uncle to Gilberto Reyes III, who is identified as Fernandez' boyfriend.

The charges were filed after a confidential informant made numerous purchases with task force funds from both couples between August and November of last year. Task force agents executed search warrants on their homes in Regency West and found cocaine and money, including two $100 bills that were recorded as used by the informant to purchase cocaine from Gilberto Reyes.