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Willmar man enters plea for his role in methamphetamine deals

WILLMAR -- Elijah Manuel Gomez, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of second-degree drug sale for his role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Gomez, Chillice Ann Angrimson, 24, of Willmar, and Alberto Soto Jr., 34, of Willmar, were all charged in connection to the bust. Angrimson and Soto both pleaded guilty to second-degree charges last week. All three defendants will be sentenced Jan. 10.

According to the complaints, the informant purchased 11.7 grams of meth Aug. 12 and 12.5 grams of meth Aug. 18 at Angrimson's apartment. Gomez is accused of bringing the drugs to the residence on both occasions. On Aug. 12, Soto arrived with Gomez at the residence.

The informant identified Soto and told agents he was present during the negotiations over the price of the meth. He also stated Soto said the drugs belonged to him and he dictated the price.

During a search warrant executed on the apartment about an hour after the Aug. 18 purchase, agents found both defendants there and more than $1,300 in previously recorded task force funds.

They also found a total of 4.3 grams of meth stored in several locations in the apartment, including in the ceiling and a safe. Scales, drug paraphernalia, drug notes and "owe" sheets were also discovered.

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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