MANKATO (TEC News) – A Mapleton woman is facing felony drug charges after she allegedly sold a police informant methamphetamine on two occasions.
26-year-old April May Valliant faces one 1st Degree and two 2nd Degree counts of drug sales and one count 1st Degree Drug possession.
According to an agent with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, an informant arraigned to buy two, 8-balls of meth from Valliant on November 29th for $840. Valliant delivered 6.95 grams of meth to the informant in the Happy Dan’s parking lot inside a red gift bag.
On December 28, an informant again set up a meeting with Valliant to purchase one, 8-ball of meth. This time the transaction happened in the parking lot of a South Riverfront Drive liquor store. Valliant allegedly gave the informant 3.73 grams of meth inside a small McDonald’s french fry bag.
Just two days ago on January 3rd, the informant told the drug task force that Valliant was traveling to the Twin Cities to pick up 2 ounces of meth.
Agents picked up her car around Le Sueur on the way back to Mankato. Eventually law enforcement executed a traffic stop in Mankato. During the stop, officers saw a male passenger toss something out the vehicle’s window.
20-year-old Graham Aaron Ciesco, who has no permanent address, later told officers that Valliant told him to toss the drugs out the window.
Police located the bag with 30 grams of meth.
Valliant is also facing a felony charge of possessing or using a police radio while committing a felony.
Officers discovered that Valliant had downloaded a police scanner app on her cell phone. Police say she was monitoring the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department channel.