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Two Willmar people charged for selling, possessing cocaine

WILLMAR -- Santos Pena Reyes, 39, and Nelda Sepulveda, 41, of Willmar, made their first court appearances Tuesday on felony charges for allegedly selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on multiple occasions and possessing cocaine found during the execution of a search warrant.

Reyes and Sepulveda are two of five Willmar residents charged in Kandiyohi County District Court in connection to the same drug task force investigation. Maira Alejandra Fernandez, 20, Gilberto Reyes III, 24, and Jadie Reyes, 18, all made their first court appearances on felony first-degree drug sale charges on Friday.

Both Santos Reyes and Sepulveda face four first-degree drug sale and conspiracy felony charges, along with a gross misdemeanor for possessing a gun as a user of a controlled substance.

Unconditional bail was set at $120,000 for Santos Reyes, with conditional bail at $60,000. His next court appearance is Dec. 22.

Sepulveda's unconditional bail was set at $100,000, with conditional bail at $50,000. Her next court date is Jan. 6.

According to the complaint against Reyes and Sepulveda, a confidential informant for the drug task force purchased cocaine from them on seven occasions between August and November. The purchases were made with funds provided by the task force.

Task force agents executed a search warrant on the couple's Regency West home on Dec. 3. The search revealed 12 grams of cocaine; $4,000 in cash, including two $100 bills that were recorded as used by the informant to purchase cocaine from Gilberto Reyes; a loaded .25-caliber handgun; gang photos of Santos Reyes; a U.S. Border Patrol shirt and badge; and a Rice Memorial Hospital identification card in Sepulveda's name.

Court documents identify the couple as Jadie Reyes' parents and Santos Reyes as an uncle to Gilbert Reyes III, who is identified as Fernandez' boyfriend.