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Willmar man gets 78 months in prison for his role in meth deal with informant

WILLMAR -- Erick Torres, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 78 months in prison on a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing meth and cocaine after he participated in a drug deal with CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December.

As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Court, Torres was given credit for 217 days already served, fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $900 in restitution.

Two first-degree drug sale charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Torres was one of three people charged in connection to the Dec. 22 sale. Jennifer Ann Jacobson, 45, of Willmar, was sentenced in April to 110 months in prison on a first-degree drug sale charge.

William Allan Tjaden, 31, of Willmar, is charged with two first-degree drug sale charges, plus a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation. His next court appearance is Thursday. The charges were filed after an informant arranged the sale of half an ounce of meth from Jacobson.

The meeting place was in a parking lot at the corner of First Street and Trott Avenue in Willmar. Jacobson told the informant she was waiting for her supplier.

Soon thereafter, Tjaden and Torres arrived and the transaction was completed. Both Jacobson's and Tjaden's vehicles were stopped by officers. Tjaden possessed a $50 bill matching previously recorded task force funds.

Jacobson had $300 in task force funds and a 3.9-gram bag of meth. The informant handed over the meth in a cigarette box.

Tjaden was interviewed by agents and allegedly admitted his involvement. He said Jacobson contacted him about getting meth to sell and that he contacted Torres, who provided him with meth earlier in the day.

During her interview with agents, Jacobson admitted complete involvement in the deal.

She initially claimed she gave all the drugs to the informant, but later admitted taking some of the drugs with her. She also admitted to having a child with her during the transaction.

Officers then located Torres and stopped his vehicle. He had cocaine and meth in his right sock and left shoe. While checking items from Torres into evidence, more meth was found inside the battery compartment of a flashlight.

The drugs from the informant tested positive for meth and weighed approximately 11.7 grams. The meth and cocaine found on Torres weighed 7 grams and 1.2 grams.

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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