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Three arrested in Little Falls area meth investigation

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LITTLE FALLS — A five-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the Little Falls area resulted in the arrests of three people and the seizure of more than 30 grams of meth, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel reported.

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On Dec. 16 officer’s arrested 22-year-old Tamra Jo Schmolke, currently homeless, and 22-year-old Mason Frederick Larson, last known address of Little Falls. Schmolke was charged with first-degree drug sales and Larson was charged with third-degree drug sales. Both are currently in custody in the Morrison County Jail and have been formally charged.

On Dec. 19, 31-year-old Ezekiel David McDermott was arrested in the city of Royalton for second-degree possession of methamphetamine. McDermott is currently in custody at the Morrison County Jail waiting formal charges.

“While we have made a significant dent in the availability of meth in Morrison County, the problem has not gone away and we will continue to give the problem our fullest attention,” Wetzel said in a news release. “The one thing that has proven most effective in reducing the availability of meth and the frequency of crimes committed surrounding meth, is to put people in prison for as long as possible. We will continue to make arrests and rely on our partners in the court system to see to it that prison sentences are doled out in every case possible.”

Assisting the sheriff’s department in the investigation were the Little Falls Police, Royalton Police, agents of the Central MN Violent Offender Task Force and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

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