Renville Man Sentenced in Synthetic Marijuana Case 08 May 14

A Renville man was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation on two felony charges of synthetic cannabinoid possession for his role in ordering 2.8 pounds of the substance on the Internet and receiving the shipment of more than 300 ready-to-sell packets last summer at the Willmar post office.
The West Central Tribune reports the charges against 24-year-old Derek Bergen Ellingson will be dismissed in a year if he meets the probation requirements and cooperates with the investigation and prosecution of his co-defendant, 45-year-old Andrew Lee Gomez of Willmar,
Gomez also faces the same two felony charges, plus five felony charges of burglary, robbery, assault and terroristic threats for allegedly entering an apartment in September and beating a man he suspected was a drug informant to law enforcement.
The charges were filed after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents received information July 22 from an informant who said Gomez had purchased $1,500 worth of synthetic cannabinoid from a person in Florida and that Ellingson was to pick up the drug shipment at the local post office. The person also gave agents the tracking number of the package.