5 Arraigned After Cache of Explosives, Weapons, Drugs Found in Willmar 02 Feb 18

(KWLM/Willmar, MN) The criminal complaint against the five people arrested after a drug and weapons bust south of Willmar this week shows a huge arsenal of weaponry including grenade launchers and sub-machine guns, a hidden bunker,  a device to a cheat on drug tests and a possible plot to bomb the homes of a judge, prosecutor and attorney.    

The suspects were arraigned in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar Thursday morning.  

An army of officers from the C-6 Drug and Gang Task Force, the city and county SWAT Teams and the BCA raided the home of 46-year-old Chad Monson on Tuesday afternoon. Officers found an enormous cache of weapons, ammunition, marijuana, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and explosive substances which the Minneapolis Bomb Squad disposed of with an huge explosion in a nearby field. 

In court, Monson faced a total of 9 charges including possession of machine guns, possession of weapons with altered serial numbers, possession of a silencer and more.   Conditional bail was set at $250,000. His next court appearance will be Rule 8 hearing on February 14th.  

Monson’s request for a court appointed attorney was denied. 

The complaint says Monson was arrested in a vehicle enroute to his home on 45th Avenue, near Highway 71 on the outskirts of Willmar.   Monson provided officers with the combination to a gun safe in which guns, drugs, paraphernalia and a permit to carry were found.   Behind a bookshelf, a hidden door with a combination was found and Monson provided the combination.  Inside was a concrete bunker with more weapons including 2 silencers and a flare gun.   In Monson’s room officers found a device called a whizzenator, used to try and cheat on drug urine tests.   Monson is currently on probation for a previous drug conviction.   Explosive substances were found in the home, and the complaint says Monson had told someone that he had found the home addresses of a judge, a prosecutor and an attorney and planned to use or plant the explosives in their homes or vehicles.   Monson is the owner of Chad Monson Excavating of Willmar. 

Also arraigned were 45-year-old John Jacobson of Lake Lillian, who had a bedroom in the Monson house.   Jacobson is charged with 9 drug and weapons counts.   Bail was set at 25,000 dollars conditional and he will appear for a contested omnibus hearing February 27th.   41-year-old Thomas Quimby and 27-year-old Kayla Lindstrand were arraigned on 3 and 5 drug and weapons counts respectively.   They were living in a bus converted into living space on Monson’s property.   Bail for Quimby and Lindstrand was set at 10,000 dollars and their next court appearances will be pre-trial hearings set for March 21st.   And 37-year-old Christina Johnson of Litchfield also had a bedroom in the Monson house, and she also faces 3 drug and weapons charges.   Bail was set at 10,000 dollars conditional and her next court appearance is a contested omnibus hearing on February 28th.