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Two face drug charges, caught flushing meth

WILLMAR -- Ruben Lee Vallejo, 30, of Willmar, and Darien Cole Frank, 19, of Owatonna, made their first court appearances Monday on felony charges for drug possession and for storing drug paraphernalia in the presence of a child. The charges stem from the discovery of items Thursday during execution of a search warrant at a Willmar residence.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 for Vallejo, who faces third- and fifth-degree drug possession counts. Bail was set at $25,000 for Frank, who faces a fifth-degree possession charge. Each man also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.

Each man is scheduled to make his next appearance on June 17 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaints, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents serving the search warrant found Frank in the upper level of the home, where the drain on a bathroom sink was completely plugged and crystals consistent with meth were located on the rim of the toilet. Tests performed on the crystals, the water in the sink and a baggie in the garbage were positive for the presence of meth.

Agents first performed a garage search, beginning around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, and found items consistent with drug use and sales, including corners of baggies, paper recording drug debts and drug paraphernalia.

The search warrant was served around noon, with agents finding Vallejo and a small child in the main level of the home and Frank upstairs. Drug paraphernalia and packaging were located within 5 feet of the child, who was asleep on a couch used to barricade the door.

The search revealed more drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment, scales and 4.6 grams of meth found in the ceiling joists in the basement of the home, plus the meth on the rim of the toilet.

The men, and a woman living at the residence, were arrested. Frank refused to speak with officers. Vallejo claimed the meth in the ceiling joists was rock salt, and later claimed it was a cutting agent. He refused to continue talking with officers after they asked if Frank was the person providing Vallejo with meth.

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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