12 arrested in drug sting
A two-month undercover drug investigation in a four-county area, including Douglas County, resulted in 12 arrests Thursday.
Agents from the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force led the sting, with assistance from sheriff's offices in Douglas and Pope counties; the Alexandria and Glenwood police departments; Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); the Cooperative Enforcement Effort (CEE-VI) Gang and Drug Task Force; and the State Patrol.
The investigation originated in Pope County and eventually spanned a wide area in central Minnesota, involving suspects in Pope, Douglas, Renville and Kandiyohi counties.
During the investigation, agents allegedly purchased large amounts of prescription drugs, along with methamphetamine and cocaine.
Authorities said agents purchased more than 400 prescription pills, 31 grams of meth and 4.8 grams of cocaine. The pills included morphine, Adderall, Vicodin and others.
The 12 suspects were all charged with felony controlled substance crimes, ranging from first degree, the most serious offense, to fourth degree.
Here are the suspects and the charges they face:
Earl Williams, 66, Glenwood - first degree.
Jessica Lee Strassburg, 32, Hector - first degree.
Charles Manuel Willert, 27, Hector - first degree.
Sherice Antwronette Cooley, 40, Glenwood - second degree.
David Ross Kenyon, 45, Glenwood - second degree.
Gerald James Springer II, 29, Glenwood - second degree.
Traci Lynn Anderson, 41, Glenwood - second degree.
Shaun Michael Field, 24, address unknown - second degree.
David Anthony Carbone Jr., 55, Glenwood - third degree.
Jacqueline Marie Springer, 28, Glenwood - third degree.
Christine Lee Dick, 35, Glenwood - third degree.
Sara Marie Davis-Ninow, 24, Starbuck - fourth degree.
All of the suspects remain in custody at the Todd County Jail with the exception of Field, who remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail.