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March 8, 2014

Drug suspect's pregnant wife also charged

MANKATO — A pregnant woman whose husband is to go to trial in May for allegedly dealing cocaine is now facing felony charges herself.

Her husband's attorney claims the prosecutor is attempting to use the charges to coerce his client into a plea deal. The prosecutor said the allegations against the woman are the result of an ongoing investigation and the timing of the charges being filed is a coincidence.

Dana Lee Lundgren, 31, was charged Friday with one count of conspiring to sell large amounts of cocaine, conspiring to possess large amounts of cocaine and child endangerment.

Lundgren's 40-year-old husband, Paul, was arrested by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force in July after he allegedly sold cocaine to an informant. Agents reported Paul Lundgren sold a total of about a half ounce of cocaine to the informant for $1,500 in marked bills during three different sales. Agents reported finding more than an ounce of cocaine, about $10,000 in cash and handguns that were easily accessible to the Lundgrens' children when their house south of Mankato was searched.

The same criminal complaint was filed against Dana Lundgren, except additional information was added. Her complaint said a witness came forward who said she would also deal with Dana Lundgren when buying cocaine from Paul Lundgren during the past six to seven years.

Informants working with the task force said Paul Lundgren never sold cocaine in person. Arrangements were made with text messages to leave cash in a parked vehicle, then that cash would be replaced with cocaine before the buyer returned later. The new witness told investigators she didn't want to leave her money in a vehicle, so she would give it to Dana Lundgren. She also said she would text Dana Lundgren about buying cocaine if she couldn't contact Paul Lundgren.

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