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Second Willmar woman enters plea for receiving marijuana in mail

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Willmar woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for her role in receiving more than 10 pounds of marijuana in the mail in September.

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Ana Patricia Gutierrez, 27, entered the plea Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Under a plea agreement, a fifth-degree drug sale charge will be dismissed and she will receive a stay of adjudication when sentenced Dec. 14.

A 19-year-old Willmar woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for her role in receiving more than 10 pounds of marijuana in the mail in September.

Gutierrez and Vanessa Marie Garza, 19, of Willmar, were charged after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent received information on Sept. 23 from a U.S. Postal Service inspector that two suspicious packages, addressed to two Willmar residences, were suspected of containing slightly more than 10 pounds of marijuana.

Garza entered a similar plea on Oct. 22 and will be sentenced Nov. 23.

The postal inspector delivered the first package to a home where Gutierrez signed for one and put it into a vehicle in the driveway.

Later, she and Garza drove and were stopped by the Willmar police.

A search of Gutierrez's purse revealed receipts for money orders for $450 and $700 and a slip of paper containing the Express Mail tracking numbers for the packages. The second package was also delivered to another address.

Search warrants were served on both homes. At the second address, a woman said that Garza had called about receiving the package, which was located in a bedroom.

At the first address, officers located another money order receipt for $250. Both women were arrested.

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