Earl Simmons charged with selling meth

Earl Edward Simmons, 40, Little Falls, was charged May 5 with two felony counts of third degree sale of a controlled substance.

In February 2013, a confidential informant (CI) told the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force he/she could purchase methamphetamine from Simmons.

The arrangements were made and the CI was provided with funds for the purchase.

According to the criminal complaint, the CI met with Simmons at his residence and an exchange was observed. The CI later turned over a baggie containing a crystal substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

In March 2013, the CI again told officers that methamphetamine could be purchased from Simmons. The transaction between the CI and Simmons was monitored at a Little Falls business and again at an apartment building in Little Falls.

Allegedly, the CI again turned over a baggie containing a crystal substance which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

On May 2, a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy located and arrested Simmons at a residence in Little Falls. During the arrest, Simmons allegedly became evasive, reached into his pocket and pulled something out. When told to turn it over, Simmons took a fighting stance and swallowed the item. He was tased and handcuffed and allegedly admitted he swallowed methamphetamine.

If convicted, Simmons faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

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