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New London woman enters plea for selling methamphetamine to task force informant

WILLMAR -- Kathleen Mary Huiras-Weber, 43, of New London, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of fourth-degree drug sale for her role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from third-degree drug sale and four additional felony drug charges were dismissed. She will be sentenced April 15.

Huiras-Weber is one of three people charged for selling meth to an informant. Troy Gordon Houdek, 48, of New London, was sentenced Jan. 12 to 15 months in prison and a $100 fine on a fourth-degree drug charge. Gerald Allen Schulenburg, 39, of Belgrade, faces two felony drug sale charges in the case and a gross misdemeanor for possessing guns as a user of controlled substances. His next court hearing is April 7.

According to the complaint, a CEE-VI informant purchased a gram of meth from Huiras-Weber on June 25 at Houdek's residence. The informant then purchased a further 2.3 grams of meth on June 30. The informant was to give Huiras-Weber the money for the drugs and she was to pass the cash on to Houdek. Houdek was then to purchase the meth from Schulenburg and bring it to another home in New London.

On July 1, a search warrant was executed on Schulenb-urg's home. Officers fo-und a total of $2,928 in his wallet, 7 grams of meth in the garage, an "owe" sheet, drug paraphernalia and surveillance equipment in the house.

A number of weapons, including th-ree .22-caliber guns, four 12-gauge shotguns and a .410 shotgun and ammunition, were found in the home.

Schulenburg was interviewed and claimed the meth was for his personal use and that he had not sold or given the drug to anyone.

He said the cash came from selling a car for $2,000 and cashing a $600 paycheck. Officers later verified the cash contained bills recorded by CEE-VI as used to fund the June 30 controlled buy.

On July 21, the informant attempted to buy meth directly from Houdek, as Huiras-Weber at that time was in the county jail.

The informant and a CEEVI agent met Houdek at the Country Stop in New London and gave him money to purchase the drugs. Houdek, however, returned the money after he suspected he was being followed by task force agents.

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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