Suspects in area drug busts appear in court

Three people arrested in connection with drug busts in Lincoln and Lyon counties appeared in court Tuesday.

Karen Kay Gronewald, 57, of Hendricks, made her first appearance in Lincoln County District Court, court records said. Gronewald was one of two people arrested after law enforcement seized more than 60 grams of methamphetamine from a Hendricks residence last week.

Two other people facing drug charges in connection with arrests in Tracy and Marshall in April also appeared in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday, court records said.

Gronewald was charged with first degree controlled substance sale — intent to distribute, and first degree possession of a controlled substance, Lincoln County court records said. A criminal complaint alleges that Gronewald possessed a total of 69 grams of meth, as well as scales, small plastic baggies and other items used in distributing drugs.

Bail for Gronewald was set at $75,000 without conditions, or $50,000 cash or bond with conditions including that she appear in court, abstain from alcohol and drugs, and submit to random testing.

A hearing date was set for Thursday.

Two men arrested in connection with search warrants executed in Tracy and Marshall last month also appeared in court Tuesday. The Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force executed search warrants in Tracy and Marshall in April.

Bobby Louis Scherff, 41, of Tracy, appeared in Lyon County District Court on charges of methamphetamine-related crime involving children and possession of drug paraphernalia. A criminal complaint alleges Scherff possessed meth-related paraphernalia in a home where children were present.

The court found probable cause for the charges against Scherff, and a plea hearing was set for June 4, court records said.

Ryan Thomas Murphy, 48, of Marshall, appeared in Lyon County District Court on charges of first degree controlled substance crime, conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A criminal complaint alleges Murphy possessed around 58 grams of meth, and had agreed that another person could ship the drugs to his residence.

The court found probable cause for the charges against Murphy, and a plea hearing was set for May 21, court records said.

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