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NL man enters pleas to drug sale felonies for dealing meth; two others are charged in case

WILLMAR -- Troy Gordon Houdek, 47, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to two fourth-degree drug sale charges for his role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Under a plea agreement, four additional drug sale and conspiracy felony charges will be dismissed.

He will be sentenced Jan. 12.

Houdek was one of three people charged for selling meth in the New London area. Kathleen Mary Huiras-Weber, 43, of New London, faces five felony charges in the case and will make her next court appearance Jan. 20.

Gerald Allen Schulenburg, 39, of Belgrade, faces two felony drug sale charges in the case and a gross misdemeanor for possessing guns as a user of controlled substances. He pleaded not guilty Thursday. A jury trial is scheduled Feb. 9-10.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI informant purchased a gram of meth from Huiras-Weber on June 25 at Houdek's New London residence. On June 30, the informant purchased 2.3 grams of meth. The informant was to give the money for the drugs to Huiras-Weber to pass on to Houdek.

Houdek was then supposed to go to Schulenburg's home to purchase the meth and bring it to another home in New London.

On July 1, a search warrant was executed on Schulenburg's home. Officers found a total of $2,928 in his wallet, 7 grams of meth in the garage, an "owe" sheet, drug paraphernalia and surveillance equipment in the house. A number of weapons, including three .22-caliber guns, four 12-gauge shotguns and a .410 shotgun and ammunition, were found in the home.

Schulenburg was interviewed and claimed the meth was for his personal use and that he had not sold or given the drug to anyone. He said the cash came from selling a car for $2,000 and a cashing a $600 paycheck. Officers later verified the cash contained bills recorded by CEE-VI as used to fund the June 30 controlled buy.

On July 21, the informant attempted to buy meth directly from Houdek, as Huiras-Weber at that time was in the county jail. The informant and a CEE-VI agent met Houdek at the Country Stop in New London and gave him money to purchase the drugs. Houdek, however, returned the money after he suspected he was being followed by task force agents.

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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