Man pleads not guilty to meth sales; Allegedly sold to an informant

Published 6:40 am Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dakota Ray Janning, 21, of Austin pleaded not guilty on Monday in Mower County District Court to two charges of felony third-degree drugs-sale of a narcotic. He was initially charged on Oct. 5.

Dakota Ray Janning, 21

According to the court complaint, narcotics officers met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) about purchasing methamphetamine from Janning on Aug. 6. The CRI and his vehicle were searched and police provided buy money and an audio transmitter. He was then monitored as he met Janning near the dog park and allegedly purchased 0.30 grams of methamphetamine from him. The CRI then surrendered the methamphetamine to police.

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The CRI arranged to purchase methamphetamine from Janning again on Aug. 8, the complaint states. The CRI and his vehicle were again searched and he was again provided buy money and an audio transmitter. He was monitored as he went to an area near Sixth Street and First Avenue Southwest, where a vehicle picked him up. The vehicle dropped him off at a residence near Bell Liquor. The CRI met police and surrendered 5.93 grams of methamphetamine, alleging that Janning had sold him the drugs.

A review of Janning’s criminal record shows prior convictions for drug possession.

Janning’s pre-trial has been scheduled for March 8, with a jury trial scheduled for March 18.