Three persons are arrested in two drug busts conducted last week

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Southeast Drug Task Force and several local law enforcement agencies conducted two drug raids last week that landed three persons in jail.

A Caledonia man, Gary Anthony Klug, 52, was charged with five counts by the Houston County Attorney’s Office in connection with a drug raid at his residence at 423 North Pine Street around 3 p.m. March 22.

According to the District Court complaint, Klug faces charges for possession of cocaine, possession of Alprazolam, possession of a legend drug, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Around 3 p.m. on March 22 Houston County Investigator Daniel Coogan, along with several members of the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force and the Caledonia Police Department provided Klug with a search warrant. Upon searching the house, they found the various drugs and drug paraphernalia.

While clearing the residence, law enforcement also located Colleen Jane Wicks, who was found sleeping in the bed in the master bedroom.

Both Klug and Wicks were arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail. At the jail Wicks denied knowing about any drugs or drug paraphernalia in the residence.

Wicks was charged with two counts of drug possession in the fifth degree.

The previous day Officer Coogan obtained a search warrant for the home of Tifiny Ann Willis, 27, of 700 S. 11th St., Apt 3, La Crescent.

At 5:30 a.m. the Winona Emergency Response Team assisted and executed the search warrant. The house was secured and three children and Willis were located at the residence.

The search also produced a pickle jar containing 13 baggies of suspected marijuana with each baggie containing approximately one-eighth ounce. Additional baggies of marijuana were found, as was a small scale with residue on it that field tested positive for opiates (heroin).

Willis received three charges in District Court for possession and sale of a controlled substance in a school zone, one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Willis’ apartment is in a school zone and is located directly across the street from La Crescent-Hokah High School.

Willis was arrested and taken to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office where she was read her Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with Officer Coogan.

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