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Warrant executed; drug charges result

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A 39-year-old Hastings woman, Helen Esther Chavez, faces three charges of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree and one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after the Dakota County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Oct. 2 at a residence in Hastings.

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According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, when agents entered the apartment, they smelled marijuana. A female individual was present at the time.

A search of the apartment located the following items: miscellaneous marijuana paraphernalia, needles, a spoon with residue, several syringes, and documents listed as belonging to Chavez.

Testing of the spoon and syringes indicated positive results for heroin, codeine and morphine.

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