NEW ULM - Brown, Lincoln, Redwood, Renville, Lyon (BLR) Drug Task Force stings set up with cooperating individuals (CI) and New Ulm Police in November and December 2011 and January and February 2012, culminated in felony controlled substance sale and possession charges filed Thursday in Brown County District Court.
Suspects include Scorpio L. Rosales, 26, address unknown; Luis A. Mora, 22, Sleepy Eye; Adam Leske 21, Shawna M. Keefe 23, Seryne J. Mullins 21, Eric J. Nachreiner 20, and Tiffany J. Reim 21, all of New Ulm; David J. Baumann, 52, Springfield; Wade Karstad, 25, Nicollet; and Evan J. Webster, 21, Lafayette.
Court dates will be set as the suspects are apprehended by law enforcement.
Sting operations began on Nov. 14, 2011 when New Ulm Police were informed by a CI that Mullins agreed to sell an ounce of marijuana to the CI for $300. at 6 p.m. at the Microtel parking lot in New Ulm.
The CI was equipped with an electrical listening device and $140 in pre-recorded buy funds, went to the Microtel parking lot and bought one-half ounce of marijuana for $140. The exchange of money took place in the CI's vehicle. Police noticed two unknown males in Mullins' vehicle.
The next sale took place on Nov. 16, 2011 when New Ulm Police learned from a CI that Rosales wished to sell some methamphetamine (meth).
The CI was equipped with an electrical listening device and $350 in pre-recorded buy funds. Two BLR Task Force agents arrived to assist with the purchase.
Rosales told the CI by cell phone that he was in an alley near Fifth South and Broadway. Rosales handed the CI a green Marlboro Menthol cigarette pack with a plastic sandwich bag inside that contained a crystal-like substance similar to meth, in exchange for $350.
Agents performed an NIK test twice on the meth with negative results. Police placed the unknown substance into evidence.
Nachreiner and Reim's charges stem from a Nov. 22, 2011 sting in which a CI told police he had phone contact with Reim who said she had a friend named "Nacho" who was willing to sell some "high grade" marijuana in the Burger King parking lot in New Ulm.
The CI was fitted with an electronic listening device and $60 in pre-recorded buy funds. Police watched the CI park near Burger King and get into Reim's vehicle and heard him talk to her and an adult male later identified as "Nacho" or Nachreiner.
The CI got a plastic sandwich bag containing a green, leafy substance that later field tested positive for marijuana in return for $60.
On Nov. 30, 2011, New Ulm Police learned from a CI that Leske agreed to sell the CI one-eighth of an ounce (about 3.5 grams) of marijuana for $70 at Leske's residence on the 500 block of North Franklin.
The CI was equipped with a listening device and video/audio camera and given $80 in buy funds.
Inside the residence, Leske weighed out a green, leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana on a digital scale, packed it for $70. The suspect marijuana later tested positive for marijuana and entered into evidence.
On Dec. 6, 2012, New Ulm Police got a phone call from a CI who had contacted Karstad about a potential marijuana sale.
The CI was filled with electrical listening and audio/video devices and given $120 in buy funds.
Police observed via text message that Karstad agreed to meet with the CI in the Burger King parking lot in New Ulm and that he has a passenger in the vehicle.
Police watched and listened as the CI bought suspected marijuana from Karstad, using a magazine as a conveyance device for the money and suspected marijuana.
The CI gave police 10.5 grams of a green, leafy substance he believed to be marijuana that later tested positive. The driver of the vehicle where the sale took place was Webster. The marijuana was taken into evidence.
On Jan. 18, 2012, New Ulm Police were contacted with a CI regarding a possible marijuana purchase in New Ulm from Luis A. Mora who agreed to sell a half-ounce of it that afternoon.
The CI was fitted with an electrical listening device and $200 in buy funds.. Police followed the CI to the Casey's store on 20th Street South. BLR agents set up surveillance and waited for Mora to arrive. The CI got text messages and recorded a phone call that Mora and his girlfriend, Shawna M. Keefe would come to Casey's in a truck.
Police noticed Keefe was driving a tan Chevy S10 truck that pulled up next to the CI and observed a man exit the truck and enter the CI's vehicle. The CI gave the man $200 in buy funds in return for a plastic sandwich bag containing a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana.
On Feb. 13, 2012, A BLR agent told New Ulm Police he got a phone call from a CI informing him that Baumann was receiving mail packages containing meth.
The CI said Baumann was not the intended source of the meth, but his residence was being used to receive meth shipments in exchange for free meth.
On Feb. 17, 2012, Springfield Police, acting on Baumann's request, retrieved three garbage bags from his residence and secured them at the police department.
On Feb. 20, 2012, New Ulm Police searched the garbage bags at the Springfield Police Dept. and found a scrap of paper with a series of numbers and a note that read ".36 was left after the spill we smoked."
New Ulm Police made arrangements to meet with the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Canine Deputy and his partner "Bear" at the North Mankato Fed-Ex office. Police placed a hold on any new packages addressed to Baumann's residence.
On Feb. 28, 2012, New Ulm Police got a call from the North Mankato Fed-Ex office that a new package addressed to Baumann's residence had arrived.
After a search warrant was obtained. New Ulm Police opened the package and found a box for a children's puzzle that contained a crystal-like substance that later field-tested positive for meth and weighed 8.3 grams with packaging.
New Ulm Police arranged to have the package delivered to Baumann's residence and waited outside. About 15 minutes after it was delivered, New Ulm Police and other BLR agents knocked on the door and announced their intentions.
The door was not answered and subsequently broken down. New Ulm Police found Baumann using the rest room. He admitted to receiving $100 and one-quarter gram of meth in exchange for accepting packages at his residence.
Baumann identified Todd M. Johnson as the intended package recipient and said Johnson would supply him the money and drugs upon delivery of the packages. Baumann said he delivered the packages to Johnson because Johnson lacked a valid driver's license.
During search warrant execution, a glass pipe, various "bubble" smoking devices and a "dugout" were removed from Baumann's residence, according to the complaint.
Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.