Man gets probation for drug possession

An Austin man who, along with his girlfriend, kept narcotics and produced methamphetamine around a child was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation Friday.

As part of his probation, Keith Ardis Parker, 19, will not be allowed to use alcohol or controlled substances and he will be subject to random testing.

The woman in the case, 29-year-old Tiffany De’An Poppa, was sentenced to five years probation in March.

According to a criminal complaint, the two were home when officials from Austin police, the Mower County Sheriff’s Department and the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force arrived for a 8:30 a.m. search on Dec. 11.

In the couple’s bedroom, agents found 18 grams of marijuana, 3 grams of crack cocaine, a vial of methamphetamine and a bottle of the prescription painkiller Vicodin.

They also found numerous items used in the production of meth, including Coleman camp fuel, plastic tubing, a funnel and drain cleaner. A recipe to make meth was found under the bed.

The two were arrested. Poppa said she only used marijuana but she later tested positive for meth.

Another meth recipe was found on Parker while at the jail.

Poppa’s 7-year-old child was located at school and transferred to the custody of Mower County Human Services.