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First-degree drug charges against Pennock couple dropped

WILLMAR -- First-degree drug sale charges against a Pennock couple have been dismissed because Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory tests determined the powder confiscated from their home was not a controlled substance.

The dismissal was filed Sept. 20 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Elio Naranjo Infante, 42, and Norma Infante, 47, were both charged after Aug. 3, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents and other law enforcement officers served a search warrant on their home on First Street North in Pennock. During the search, 53 grams of what was suspected to be cocaine was discovered in a multi-vitamin container in a bathroom cabinet.

Officers also located drug paraphernalia, marijuana, an EBT welfare benefit card, four surveillance cameras, each strategically placed around the home, and an "owe sheet."

The home also had a surveillance system had two different monitoring locations in the living room and hallway of the residence. A police scanner and two-way radios were also located in the home.

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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