Man charged in federal court for selling meth

Published 7:10 am Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An Austin man was charged late last week in federal court for allegedly selling more than three pounds of methamphetamine in the area this summer.

Esteban Ambriz Mendoza, 33, was charged with two counts of felony meth distribution in U.S. District Court in the Twin Cities on Thursday.

The charges stem from an August drug bust in Albert Lea in which Mendoza was arrested for selling three pounds of the drug to an undercover agent, according to a court complaint.

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A month earlier, Mendoza allegedly sold two ounces to the same agent near the Bremerton apartments in Austin.

Mendoza was charged with one count of first degree drug sales in Mower County court on Aug. 12. He has been in custody on $1 million bail, or $500,000 with conditions.

Mendoza pleaded not guilty to the charge in Mower County on Aug. 27 and is scheduled for a Dec. 18 pre-trial hearing, though the charge could be dismissed because of the federal indictment.

No court date has been set in federal court.