Three individuals have been arrested as the result of several investigations in the sale of methamphetamine, spanning a five-month period.
Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said his deputies, along with the Little Falls Police, Royalton Police, agents of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) recently concluded the investigations and arrested three suspects in the Little Falls area.
Sunday, Dec. 16, officers arrested 22-year-old Tamra Jo Schmolke, currently homeless, and 22-year-old Mason Frederick Larson, whose last known address was Little Falls. Schmolke was charged with first degree drug sales and Larson with third-degree drug sales.
Both are in custody at the Morrison County Jail and have formally been charged.
Wednesday, 31-year-old Ezekiel David McDermott was arrested in the city of Royalton for second degree possession of methamphetamine.
McDermott is currently in custody at the Morrison County Jail waiting formal charges.
More than 30 grams of methamphetamine were seized during the course of the investigation.
“While we have made a significant dent in the availability of meth in Morrison County, the problem has not gone away and we will continue to give the problem our fullest attention,” said Wetzel. “The one thing that has proven most effective in reducing the availability of meth and the frequency of crimes committed surrounding meth, is to put people in prison for as long as possible. We will continue to make arrests and rely on our partners in the court system to see to it that prison sentences are doled out in every case possible.”