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Melrose woman pleads to drug sale, child endangerment


WILLMAR -- Brenda Sue Acrie, 53, of Melrose, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a third-degree drug sale charge and a gross misdemeanor child endangerment charge for her role in selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent.

As part of a plea agreement, three first-degree drug sale counts and another gross misdemeanor for child endangerment will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Aug. 30 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Acrie and Samantha Sue Roberts, 31, also of Melrose, were both charged after they allegedly sold pills on March 10 to the agent. Roberts makes her next court appearance July 29 and faces four first-degree drug sale and two gross misdemeanors for child endangerment.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI agent received information in January that the women could sell Lortab, a prescription medication, for $5 a tablet. He gave his contact information to the women. On March 10, he received a call from Acrie, who offered to sell him 100 pills. The agent asked if she had 100 more.

They arranged to meet in a parking lot along East Highway 12, where the agent received 200 pills for a total cost of $1,000. The purchase was made with previously recorded funds from the task force and was observed by other officers on surveillance. There were children in the backseat of the vehicle occupied by Acrie and Roberts.

Analysis by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed the 200 tablets had a total weight of 128 grams. The active ingredients in Lortab are hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

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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