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Three of five appear in drug case

WORTHINGTON -- Three of five individuals arrested following an investigation by the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) appeared earlier this week in Nobles County District Court. Ethan David Duffy, 24, of Worthington, Tanya Kay Stern, 40, of R...

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WORTHINGTON - Three of five individuals arrested following an investigation by the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) appeared earlier this week in Nobles County District Court.
Ethan David Duffy, 24, of Worthington, Tanya Kay Stern, 40, of Round Lake, and Ricky Ybarra, 33, of Lakefield all made initial appearances. Brady Michael Bern, 24, of Round Lake and Rose Kristine Kallemeyn, 23, of Worthington, had initial appearances canceled.
According to court records, agents with the BRDTF were conducting surveillance on a residence in Round Lake as part of an ongoing investigation of Duffy selling controlled substances.
Duffy left the home in a red Subaru along with a female passenger later identified as Kallemeyn. Duffy was pulled over on Interstate 90 on his way to Worthington. When agents approached the vehicle, Kallemeyn was observed leaning forward and acting as if she was trying to hide something. Duffy was asked to step out of the vehicle and was arrested for his involvement in the investigation.
Kallemeyn was told she could leave, and asked for her purse and coat. Both items were searched for contraband, and none was found. However, on the floor where the purse had been lying, a cloudy baggie was found with a white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Kallemeyn was then also arrested.
A second search of Duffy’s vehicle at Prairie Justice Center revealed a second baggie on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Kallemeyn was interviewed by BRDTF agents. She admitted to using methamphetamine and that she had stayed the evening before at the Round Lake residence where Duffy lives. Kallemeyn said Bern, a woman later identified as Stern and Stern’s boyfriend - Ybarra - were also at the residence. She noted that Bern and Duffy supply others with drugs to use at the house.
After executing a search warrant at the residence, officers found Bern, Stern and Ybarra. Stern admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe in her purse, which was located on her bed.
Inside the bedroom agents found a torch head, two glass pipes and urine analysis test kits. Outside of the bedroom window, agents discovered a small yellow zip-type bag that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed .8 grams with packaging.
In a bedroom identified as being used by Bern and Duffy, officers recovered numerous zip-type baggies, scales, a glass pipe, a methamphetamine pipe in a case, straws, a bong and a baggie that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Bern, Stern and Ybarra were all arrested and transported to Prairie Justice Center. Agents were later informed by jail staff that Kallemeyn, Stern, Bern and Ybarra all tested positive for methamphetamine use when booked.
Duffy is charged with first-degree sale of methamphetamine, a felony. Duffy is accused of selling a total of 12.4 grams of methamphetamine over four separate buys by an informant for the BRDTF.
Stern, Ybarra and Bern are each charged with fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. Kallemeyn is charged with fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine, a felony.
Bern and Ybarra remain in the Nobles County Jail on a $5,000 bond with conditions and a $15,000 bond with conditions, respectively.
Duffy is out on bond after having his bail reduced Tuesday to $25,000 with conditions. Kallemeyn and Stern are also out on bond. Bern, Duffy, Kallemeyn and Stern are scheduled to return to court in December.

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