BENSON, Minn.-- Prosecutors in Swift County say a group of accused drug dealers used an 11-year-old child to make their transactions.
Five people are facing drug charges, including two who are also charged with child endangerment and one with conspiring or employing a minor to sell drugs.
Prosecutors say one of the five, acting as an informant, told police he went to the home of one of the defendants in Kerkhoven last month and gave $40 to the child in exchange for a bag of marijuana.
The West Central Tribune reports 35-year-old Christena Lee Quigley, 32-year-old Everett James Quigley and 35-year-old Angela Mae Wrobleski face drug charges and are accused of involving the child.
Twenty-five-year-old Gerrick James Maus and 21-year-old Heidi Marie Wolney also face drug charges.
According to a complaint against Everett Quigley, agents were contacted in late August by Maus, who was working as an informant.
He said he could buy marijuana from Quigley for $40. Maus went to Quigley's home and returned about 10 minutes later with a baggie of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.
Maus told the agents that he met a girl, determined to be 11 years of age, who had been instructed to hand him the bag of pot in return for the cash.
Investigators later found vials with meth residue, more than 40 grams of marijuana and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia while serving a search warrant.
Christena Quigley was interviewed and allegedly admitted to possessing marijuana with or near the child. Wrobleski was interviewed and allegedly admitted to having the child conduct the drug deal as she and Everett Quigley could not wait for Maus to show up at the home.
With information from the West Central Tribune/http://www.wctrib.com
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