Crime

Minnesota 911 Dispatcher Detained On Drug Charges

| by Jordan Smith
Faline Yackel.Faline Yackel.

A Minnesota sheriff’s dispatcher was detained on Sept. 11 and charged with selling and possessing methamphetamine.

Faline Yackel, 31, was arrested after police officers searched her home in Glenwood, Minnesota, KARE 11 reported.

She was fired from her job in the 911 dispatcher center in Pope County following her first court appearance on Sept. 14. Yackel was a probationary employee who had worked for the county for less than a year.

“Methamphetamine is a significant problem in the country that our office is working diligently to combat,” Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley wrote in a statement. “Drug related activity within our own ranks cannot, and will not be tolerated.”

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Yackel is accused of selling 10 grams of methamphetamine, WCCO reported.

Police allege a confidential informant visited Yackel at her home on Sept. 8 to purchase the drugs, contained in a VHS cassette, for $500. Yackel admitted she knew the drugs were in the video when it was sold.

Brandon Yackel, Faline’s brother, contacted the informant from jail to advise them on how his sister should be paid.

The investigation was carried out by the West Central MN Drug Task Force, the Brainerd Dispatch reported. To avoid a conflict of interest, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were also involved.

Yackel was freed after posting bail on Monday. The amount of her bail was not reported.

Her next day in court is not known.

Sources: KARE 11, WCCO

Photo credit: Todd County Jail via KARE, WikiCommons