Drug dealer sent to prison for nearly three years

Published 5:08 pm Saturday, December 22, 2012

A drug dealer who sold to a confidential informant three times last winter was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison.

Michael Phillip Chavez, 29, of Austin, was convicted in Mower County Court of third-degree narcotics sale, a felony. Three other felonies: first-drug sale of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine, and two counts of second-degree drug sale were dismissed.

Austin police met with the informant and gave him a recorder and money on Jan. 18, Feb. 7, and Feb. 22, last winter, in which the informant each time purchased an “eight ball” of meth from Chavez, according to the court complaint. All told, the informant bought a total of 10.2 grams of meth from Chavez, according to the court complaint.

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Chavez has a previous felony drug conviction in California from 2006. He was also convicted of felony terroristic threats on Friday, which is also part of his 33-month sentence. He was given 123 days’ credit for time served.