Man awaiting trial gets new drug charge

Published 7:56 am Friday, March 30, 2018


Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 38, of Austin was charged on Thursday in Mower County District Court with felony first-degree sales of 17 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to the court complaint, Staffon sold 19.97 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential police informant for $535 on Jan. 26. The drugs were then surrendered to the police at a prearranged location.

Staffon, along with three other individuals, was arrested on Feb. 8 after law enforcement executed a search warrant on his residence in the 800 block of Sixth Street Northwest. Staffon claimed he was “just visiting” his girlfriend, and was living with his mother in Oregon.

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However, when an officer spoke to a woman at the residence, she allegedly said Staffon had been living there since “around Thanksgiving” and that she had observed him conduct drug sales out of the residence.

A canine was brought through the residence and allegedly responded to several places in Staffon and his girlfriend’s bedroom.

Officers allegedly found 6.25 grams of methamphetamine under a Bluetooth speaker on the nightstand.

The search warrant was also for Staffon’s car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix that he allegedly failed to register with the Predatory Offender Registration.

As a result of that arrest, Staffon was charged with felony third-degree sales of a narcotic, felony fifth-degree drug possession and felony predatory offender failing to register. He has since pled not guilty to those charges and is currently awaiting trial.

A review of Staffon’s criminal record shows prior convictions for drug possession, drug sales and failure to register as a predatory offender.

He will appear in court again on April 12.