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Two Wadena residents face first-degree drug crimes

Two people from Wadena were charged with drug crimes after an undercover informant allegedly made five separate purchases of methamphetamine from the pair.

According to court documents and a police report, the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force used the informant, identified in court records only as CI X-0516, to purchase methamphetamine on Jan. 6 from Tamara Lyn Tucker, 43. The CI reportedly learned from Tucker that James Dean Olson, 46, was her source for the drugs.

The informant allegedly purchased 3.63 grams of methamphetamine from Tucker and Olson on Jan. 6, and made subsequent purchases of 3.25 grams on Jan. 11, 1.29 grams on Jan. 13, another 3.98 grams later that day, and 3.73 grams on Jan. 14 before arresting both.

Olson was charged Jan. 28 with first-degree controlled substance crime. Bond was set at $500,000, or $50,000 cash bail if court conditions were met. He did not bail himself out and was still in custody as of Feb. 3.

Tucker was charged with first-degree sale of 10 grams or more of cocaine/heroin/meth.

Wadena police announced others were arrested for drug crimes in connection, but those charges hadn't been filed in Wadena County District Court by press time.