Woman facing new drug sale charges

Published 7:56 am Thursday, July 6, 2017


Thania Sanchez, 24

An Austin woman facing drug charges in other cases was charged with felony third-degree drug sales in Mower County District Court Wednesday morning after allegedly selling methamphetamines to a police informant.

Thania Sanchez, 24, was arrested on July 3 for the March 27 incident.

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According to the court report, police met with the informant to conduct a controlled buy, in which the informant would pick up Sanchez, drive to her apartment and purchase a “ball” (3.5 grams) of methamphetamine from her. Both the informant and the vehicle were searched before the purchase took place. The informant was then equipped with an audio device monitored by the police.

The informant then picked up Sanchez and drove her to her apartment at the 200 block of 11th Avenue Northwest. They parked near the apartment and then drove south on Main Street, north on First Street Northwest, then back to Sanchez’s apartment. The informant made a stop on the way. During the drive, the informant’s audio got disconnected and he was forced to use the recorder on his phone.

When police reviewed the recording, they heard the two having a conversation about drugs.

The informant sent police pictures of Sanchez allegedly weighing out and packaging the drugs.

When the informant met police at a post-buy location, he and the vehicle were searched. He told police they drove downtown to meet her source, but drove back after she said could not do it until later.

The informant gave police a small bag, saying she told him she did not have a “full ball,” so she sold him one gram.

He also reported seeing drug paraphernalia at her residence. The contents of the bag tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in court for this charge on July 17.

Sanchez recently pleaded not guilty to felony third-degree drug possession for having more than 10 grams of a narcotic, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI for failing to submit to a chemical test, misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and misdemeanor driving after revocation of her license.

Prior to that, she pleaded not guilty to charges of felony possessing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession and gross misdemeanor possession of counterfeit currency.

In March, Sanchez pleaded guilty to fifth-degree drug possession of 10.3 grams of marijuana and methamphetamine residue.