Two charged with drug sale, possession after search warrant granted based on 'garbage pull' at New London home

A search warrant received after drug agents went through their garbage led to drug sale and possession charges for a couple in New London.


WILLMAR — Two people are facing drug sale and drug possession charges after a drug task force search last fall in New London.

Tammy Jo Wold, 50, of New London, and Charles Jacob Whitcup Jr., 48, of Alexandria, made their first appearances this week in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Wold’s next court date is a pretrial hearing March 31. Bail was set at $100,000 for release without conditions and $20,000 for release with conditions. She was granted a public defender.

Whitcup’s next court date is Feb. 26. Bail was set at $100,000 without conditions and $30,000 with conditions.

Wold faces felony charges of first-degree drug sale, second-degree drug possession and fifth-degree drug possession. She also faces gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor charges for possession of ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


Whitcup faces felony charges of first-degree drug sale and third-degree drug possession. He faces similar misdemeanor-level charges for ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to court records, agents from the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force on Nov. 19 executed a search warrant on a New London home. They obtained the warrant based on items they found after doing a “garbage pull” at the house the week before.

In a bedroom in the house, the agents encountered Wold and Whitcup. The search of that bedroom yielded two pay/owe sheets, surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia and firearm ammunition.

They also found hypodermic needles that tested positive for methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and multiple baggies with white crystal substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The meth and baggies found during the search had a total weight of about 45 grams, about 1.6 ounces. Marijuana weighing 8.5 grams, about one-third ounce, was found, too.

Paraphernalia, shotgun shells and hypodermic needles were also found in rooms where two other people were staying.

In speaking with the agents, Wold said she and Whitcup had been staying in that bedroom. Wold said the meth found during the search belonged to her, as she consumes almost four grams of meth a day.

Wold allegedly said the pay/owe sheets found were old and did not reflect current sales. She told the agents she had last sold drugs “a long time ago.” She also said she didn’t even have a scale anymore.

When Whitcup was interviewed, he allegedly said he had not used meth for several days and did not own the meth found during the search. Whitcup allegedly said he liked to smoke marijuana, and a pipe found in a closet was his.


Whitcup allegedly said he does not sell drugs, but his reputation follows him around. He told the agents he had not sold drugs in a long time.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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