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Two to appear on drug sale charges

Confidential Informant assisted law enforcement in the investigation

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WINDOM — A duo is set to appear in court Tuesday on criminal charges that they sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant (CI) working with the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office.

The charges stem from several different drug sales that allegedly took place in September and October.

According to a criminal complaint filed April 6, on Sept. 3, 2020, a CI contacted CCSO and stated that they had arranged to purchase an "eight ball" (an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams) of meth later that day from Mary Coleman, 39, of Windom. The CI was fitted with an audio recording device, and undercover officers had a visual on the CI during the exchange.

Following the alleged purchase, the CI gave the drugs to law enforcement. The contents field-tested positive for meth and weighed four grams. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) later tested the substance, and identified it as containing methamphetamines and weighing 3.475 grams.

At the request of the CCSO investigator, the CI arranged another drug purchase from Coleman on Sept. 10, 2020, the complaint reports. The same procedure was followed, and the CI purchased two eight balls this time.

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The recovered substance field tested positive for meth and 7.8 grams. BCA testing said the substance contained methamphetamines and weighed 7.022 grams.

On October 6, 2020, the CI attempted a third purchase from Coleman — of three eight balls — and wanted to introduce Coleman to an undercover officer. Ahead of the arranged meet-up, the CI texted Coleman to say they would be bringing a friend. Coleman replied that she would be sending "Mitch" to conduct the sale.

"Mitch" was identified as Mitchell Cordell, 30, of Ramsey. During the exchange, the CI spoke with Cordell about the undercover officer, asking him to tell Coleman about the CI's "friend." Cordell then reportedly sold three eight balls to the CI.

Local police field-tested each of the three baggies, and they were positive for meth. The baggies weighed four grams, four grams and 4.2 grams, respectively. The BCA also tested the evidence, which was identified as containing methamphetamines and weighing a total of 10.604 grams.

On Oct. 15, 2020, the CI arranged for Coleman to sell three eight balls to the undercover CCSO investigator. The exchange reportedly took place as planned.

Following these events, criminal charges were filed against both Coleman and Cordell.

Coleman was charged with two counts of first-degree drug sale, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine. Cordell was charged with second-degree drug sale, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. If convicted, they will be sentenced based on criminal history.

Coleman also has drug sale charges pending in Nobles County.

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Both Coleman and Cordell have a first court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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