Man pleads not guilty to selling meth to informant

Published 7:38 am Friday, April 15, 2011

An Austin man pleaded not guilty to three felony drug charges Thursday in Mower County Court.

Adan Acosta-Perez, 39, faces charges of second-degree sale of 3 or more grams of methamphetamine, third-degree drug possession in a school zone and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

According to a court complaint, Acosta-Perez allegedly sold 6.5 grams of meth to a confidential informant and Juan Vasquez, 34, on Feb. 14. Vasquez recently pleaded not guilty to two felony drug charges.

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When Vasquez was arrested, he told police he no longer does drug business with Acosta-Perez because Acosta-Perez’s meth makes his customers “sick.”

Police searched Acosta-Perez’s home, located in a school zone, on April 4 and found a bag with meth residue. Acosta-Perez admitted it was his and said he only smokes meth when his wife and three children are not home. He also admitted to being a part of the drug deal involving the confidential informant.

A court complaint states Acosta-Perez told police he is not a drug dealer and Feb. 14 was the first and only time he participated in meth sales.

He is scheduled for a jury trial beginning June 20.