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New London drug defendants pleads guilty, charges dismissed against other

Jeremy Rudolph

NEW LONDON - A defendant in a New London case involving a large quantity of methamphetamine has petitioned the court to enter a guilty plea.

The Kandiyohi County attorney's office filed-and the district court accepted a petition to dismiss the charges against a co-defendant in the case.

Jeremy Rudolph, 39, of New London, filed a petition to enter a guilty plea to a charge of first degree drug possession on September 13, according to district court records in Willmar. In return for the plea, other counts of first degree drug sale, first degree drug possession, and fifth degree drug possession will be dismissed.

The court ordered a presentence investigation and remanded him to the Commissioner of Corrections. He is scheduled to return to court November 1 for sentencing. He could be sentenced to 78 months in prison, the maximum based on the offense and his criminal record, according to the plea agreement.

One day after Rudolph's petition, the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office asked the court to dismiss all of the charges against Amber Gandrud, 34, of New London. The county attorney's office cited additional testing by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and statements made by Rudolph under oath that exonerate Gandrud of the drug charges.

The evidence indicates that Gandrud had no knowledge of the drugs or drug paraphernalia allegedly kept in the residence she shared with Rudolph. She was also unaware of drugs kept in a safe in the home, according to the filing by the county attorney's office.

The criminal complaint against the two alleged that officers with the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office law officers seized over two pounds of methamphetamine and three-quarters of a pound of marijuana in their apartment on May 15. Officers also seized a digital scale, two rifles and ammunition, various drug paraphernalia and a pay/owe sheet.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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