Undercover informant leads BRDTF to alleged meth dealer
The charge is more serious because the transaction took place in a park zone.
SLAYTON — A Slayton resident appeared in court Monday on a summons for a felony charge of second-degree drug sale.
A confidential informant (CI) with the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) was reportedly asked in October 2019 if they knew anyone looking to buy methamphetamine. The inquirer was identified as Jill Erdman, 37, and she allegedly offered to sell the CI three "balls" of meth for $500. (In slang, an "eight ball" is an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.) They agreed to meet at Erdman's house.
Prior to meeting with Erdman, the CI met with BRDTF agents and was equipped with a concealed audio transmitter and $500 cash.
Right after the CI handed over the $500 to Erdman, Erdman left to meet with her meth supplier, the criminal complaint says. A couple of hours later, Erdman reportedly asked the CI to meet her at the pop machine at Gary's Service to finish the transaction. According to the CI, the meth was concealed in a cigarette box, which they gave to law enforcement.
The baggie of meth was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which analyzed the crystal substance and confirmed that it was, in fact, methamphetamine. It weighed 6.671 grams without the packaging.
Erdman was charged with second-degree drug sale. Gary's Service is within one city block of May's Park, meaning the alleged offense took place in a park zone. Erdman faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine, but if convicted, she will be sentenced based on criminal history.
Because Erdman was not booked into jail, she does not have a mug shot.