by NATHANIEL NELSON
Early on Monday morning, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department executed three simultaneous search warrants in Stockton with the assistance of multiple agencies, arresting three people allegedly linked to the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine in Winona County.
Amanda Erin Bray, 35; Jamie Joe Brown, 41; and James Anthony Reed, 36, all of Stockton, were arrested and charged with multiple felony drug charges according to court documents.
Bray was charged with first-degree sale and second-degree possession of methamphetamine, storing methamphetamine paraphernalia near a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces up to 60 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted.
Brown and Reed were charged with third-degree conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, and Brown faces additional charges of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The warrants were a result of a three-month investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in Winona County, according to Winona County Chief Deputy Jeff Mueller.
At 9 a.m. on Monday, December 3, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Winona Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force, and Houston County K-9 units, executed search warrants on three Stockton residences simultaneously.
In Bray’s residence, investigators reported located 32.5 grams of methamphetamine and $900 in cash. Two-hundred dollars of the money was reportedly documented buy money from a controlled buy involving the defendant and a confidential informant, according to the criminal complaint. The methamphetamine was reportedly stored in a tote on the floor along with a methamphetamine pipe. The tote was within the reach of children, who were reportedly residing in the residence at the time.
Three methamphetamine pipes were reportedly located at Reed’s residence, which all field-tested positive for the drug. Brown was not at his residence at the time, but was arrested at work and allegedly found with .5 grams of methamphetamine on his person. In a search of his residence, officers reportedly located digital scales, a small amount of marijuana in a dresser drawer, and various pieces of drug paraphernalia.