Hanska woman faces felony meth charges

Sells to undercover agent

NEW ULM — A 38-year-old Hanska woman was charged with felony 1st-degree drug sale and 1st-degree possession in Brown County District Court on Thursday, after allegedly selling an ounce of methamphetamine to an undercover agent for $800 March 27.

Crystal L. Kessler, 101 Sunset Ave., Hanska, was accused of selling a mixture of 38.4 grams of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine to an undercover agent she met in the Hy-Vee Foods parking lot. She made the transaction later in the Green Mill parking lot, just south of the grocery store, according to court documents. Kessler was charged with felony 1st-degree possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Kessler’s bail was set at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions. She remains in the Brown County Jail.

Agents of the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force (BLRR-DTF) conducted a narcotics investigation utilizing an undercover agent engaged in a text message conversation with a female identified as Kessler March 27. It was agreed during the conversation that the undercover agent would meet Kessler and buy one ounce of methamphetamine for $800.

The agent met Kessler in the Hy-Vee Foods parking lot before Kessler drove to the Green Mill parking lot so the undercover agent could weigh everything out. The agent gave Kessler $800 and placed a zip lock bag on an uncertified, digital scale that read 30.3 grams.

Kessler asked to meet two days later to perform another transaction. The agent signalled the surveillance team and exited the vehicle as several squad cars approached to take Kessler into custody.

During the arrest, an agent found:

• A clear zip lock bag with a crystal-like substance weighed 38.4 grams on an uncertified digital scale and tested positive for methamphetamine.

• A small clear zip lock bag contained a crystal-like substance weighing .7 grams on an uncertified digital scale and tested positive for meth.

• A black bag containing a crystal-like substance weighed 15.8 grams and tested positive for meth.

• A plastic bag with numerous syringes loaded with a fluid substance.

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