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Willmar man, woman face charges after search of home

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WILLMAR -- Gina Ann Lopez, 24, and Emilio Florez, 35, of Willmar, both made their first appearances Friday on three felony charges for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and cocaine and for storing drug paraphernalia in the presence of children.

Both also face a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and misdemeanor charges for wea-pons and drug possession. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 for Florez and at $20,000 for Lopez. Both are scheduled to make their next court appearances July 19.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on a home in Regency Estates East. The officers found Lopez, Florez, a 13-year-old child and a 17-month old child in the home.

They also found containers and baggies with particles of meth and marijuana, pills, a digital scale, a spoon with cocaine on it, a bottle of drug cutting agent, drug pipes with meth and meth residue on them and a large quantity of Latin Kings gang materials.

In a bedroom occupied by the 13-year-old, officers found a marijuana pipe, a grinder and a cigarette, along with baggies with the corners cut off. Officers also found a switch-blade knife on the washing machine in the home.

They also found $475 in cash on Florez.

Both were arrested and questioned. Florez allegedly told them he didn't have much at the home and that agents had hit on the wrong day. He allegedly admitted to using cocaine several days prior and that he has a scale to make sure he doesn't get shorted when buying drugs. He said that Lopez lives there with her child and his children. He also allegedly admitted to being a Latin King, but said he isn't "made" here, only in the cities.

Lopez was questioned and admitted to having a child living in the home. She said she was not aware of the container where officers found most of the items.

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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