Multiple sales of meth could result in 30 years in prison

Tamra Jo Schmolke, 22, St. Cloud, was charged Dec. 17, in Morrison County District Court with one count of first degree sale of drugs

In July, an investigator met with a confidential informant who said it was possible to purchase a quantity of methamphetamine from Schmolke. The informant was provided with money and drove to Bowlus where he/she met with Schmolke. The investigator was allegedly told the informant purchased more than three grams of methamphetamine.

In August and again in September informants allegedly told the investigator methamphetamine could be purchased from Schmolke. Each time the informant was provided with money. In August, the informant allegedly purchased more than three grams from Schmolke in Benton County and in September, more than six grams was purchased in Morrison County.

Pursuant to Minnesota statute, first degree controlled substance crimes in multiple counties within a 90-day period may be prosecuted for all the sales in any of the counties in which one of the sales occurred.

If convicted, Schmolke faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine.