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Bird Island woman pleads guilty to selling narcotic to informant

WILLMAR -- Karyl Jean Mooney, 45, of Bird Island pleaded guilty Thursday to three felony charges of fourth-degree drug sale and possession for her role in selling Adderall pills to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the two sale charges were reduced from second-degree. She will pay $920 in restitution and will not be charged in Renville County for her role in drug sales made there. She will be sentenced March 16.

Mooney and Idulfo Zavala, 30, of Olivia have been charged in connection to selling Adderall, a Schedule II narcotic that contains amphetamine. Zavala faces first- and second-degree drug sale charges in Kandiyohi County and is scheduled to make his next court appearance Wednesday. He also faces six felony charges in Renville County District Court for drug sales, receiving stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the original complaint, the informant purchased five Adderall pills for $10 each from Mooney on Nov. 5 in a store parking lot in Olivia. Further deals took place Nov. 8 in the Kandi Mall parking lot in Willmar; Nov. 12 at Mooney's home; and Dec. 2 and Dec. 10 at the Target store parking lot in Willmar.

An amended complaint states Mooney provided Adderall pills that Zavala sold to an informant Oct. 20 and 21. Mooney was arrested Jan. 7 after the informant set up a drug buy in the parking lot outside a Willmar retailer. A search of her vehicle revealed 35 Adderall pills.

Mooney admitted selling the pills, which were prescribed to her children. Mooney said she and Zavala sold the pills because Social Security doesn't pay enough and that Zavala talked her into conducting the sales.

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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