Man sentenced to 67 months in prison for drug sales

Published 8:15 am Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 39, of Austin was sentenced on Friday in Mower County District Court to 67 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony second-degree drug sales of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period.

He was also sentenced to 24 months in prison for felony predatory offender failing to register and 17 months in prison for felony fifth-degree drug possession; however, those sentences will run concurrent with the 67-month sentence.

Kenneth Daniel Staffon, 38

He received credit for 144 days served.

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Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentences.

Court documents state that 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.

Court documents state that Staffon claimed he was “just visiting” his girlfriend, and was living with his mother in Oregon. However, when an officer spoke to a woman at the residence, she said Staffon had been living there since “around Thanksgiving” and that she had observed him conduct drug sales out of the residence.

Court documents further state that a canine was brought through the residence and indicated in several places in Staffon and his girlfriend’s bedroom. Officers 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 failed to register with the Predatory Offender Registration.

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