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Willmar woman, 22, who says she sold drugs after falling on tough times, pleads guilty to meth sale

WILLMAR -- Tiffany Marie Stein, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a third-degree drug sale charge for possessing methamphetamine.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a first-degree charge. Two additional felony charges for drug sale and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and three gross misdemeanor charges will be dismissed. Stein is scheduled to be sentenced May 4.

Stein and Alfredo Encarnacion Hernandez, 22, also of Willmar, were charged after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents searched their apartment along Second Street Southeast on Nov. 11. Hernandez was sentenced March 8 to 58 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree drug sale conviction.

According to the complaint, Stein told agents she had meth in her pocket when they entered the home. Two bags, each with 7.2 grams of meth, were located in a bedroom, along with scales, glass pipes, cash, surveillance equipment, night vision goggles and a .22-caliber rifle.

Two children, ages 2 and 4, were also in the home. Stein said she has lost her job and had fallen on hard times. Hernandez said they started selling methamphetamine to pay their bills.

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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