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Hartz, Sorensen face drug charges

LUVERNE -- Gayle Marie Hartz, 58, of Luverne, made her initial appearance in Rock County District Court Monday afternoon to face two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Shawn Russell Sorensen, 54, of Sioux Falls, S.

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LUVERNE - Gayle Marie Hartz, 58, of Luverne, made her initial appearance in Rock County District Court Monday afternoon to face two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Shawn Russell Sorensen, 54, of Sioux Falls, S.D., also appeared in Rock County District Court Monday on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree possession of a controlled substance, also a felony.

According to court documents, local law enforcement received word that a package had been intercepted by an inspector for the U.S. Post Office that contained approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine and half a pound of cocaine. The package was addressed to Hartz in Luverne and had originated from an address in Surprise, Ariz.
A search warrant was executed on the package. Inventory indicates the package contained 233.5 grams of cocaine, 10 bundles of methamphetamine weighing 4,620 grams, and household items and clothing.

Once the package had been delivered and received at the home, Hartz was detained shortly after leaving the property, and she indicated to officers that the eventual recipient of the package would be Sorensen. Hartzler admitted that she knew what the package contained, and that she had received packages for him previously in exchange for cash or a small amount of narcotics.
While executing a search warrant on the home, officers located the package in Hartz’s bedroom along with a plastic box containing drug paraphernalia. Later, Sorensen arrived at the property and entered the home. After identifying himself, he was arrested without incident.
Both Hartz and Sorensen are currently being held in the Nobles County Jail. Bond has been set for Hartz at $50,000 with conditions or $100,000 without. Sorensen is being held on a $500,000 bond with conditions or $1,000,000 without.
Both are scheduled to appear in court again in early June for a contested omnibus hearing. If convicted, the maximum sentence for first-degree possession is 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine or both. Conspiracy to commit first-degree possession of a controlled substance carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $500,000 fine or both.

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Sorensen

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