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Five arrested, charged with drug crimes after authorities conduct search of Willmar, Minn., house

WILLMAR — Five people made their first court appearances Monday on charges of drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, all stemming from drugs and drug usage items seized during execution of a search warrant Friday at a Willmar residence.

Rudy Gonzales San Miguel, 42, and Kelly Jo Montoya, 39, both of Willmar, each face two felony charges of first-degree drug possession and for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Gonzales’ unconditional bail was set at $30,000. Montoya’s bail was set at $20,000. Both make their next appearances on Jan. 14 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Cody Wayne Garvick, 21, and Mark Russell Johnson, 47, both of Willmar, and Morgan Rae Walsh, 18, of Benson, each face two charges for fifth-degree possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. The next court dates for Garvick and Johnson are on Jan. 14. Walsh’s next date is Jan. 7.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a warrant Friday on a home along the 500 block of 13th Avenue Southwest and located all five defendants in the home. The agents also located meth and marijuana in a bedroom claimed by Garvick and Walsh, along with paraphernalia and 4.1 grams of synthetic marijuana found on Garvick when he was processed into the county jail.

The search also revealed meth and two water bong smoking devices, which tested positive for meth and contained 360 grams of fluid, and more than $2,900 in cash was found in a bedroom claimed by Gonzales and Montoya.

In another bedroom, claimed by Johnson, agents located drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth.

All five were interviewed and allegedly admitted to using drugs. Montoya told agents that two children, ages 16 and 17, live at the home where drugs are used regularly.

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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