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Austin man pleads guilty to drug sales; Charge reduced in plea agreement

Heuangsayaseng

Tom Heuangsayaseng, 33, of Austin pleaded guilty to felony second-degree drugs-sale of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period as part of a plea agreement on Monday in Mower County District Court.

The charge was reduced from felony first-degree drugs-sale of 17 grams or more of methamphetamine as part of the agreement.

Court documents state that narcotics detectives met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) on Dec. 13 about purchasing methamphetamine from Heuangsayaseng. The CRI and his vehicle were searched and police provided him buy money and an audio transmitter.

The CRI was monitored as he went to Heuangsayaseng’s residence in the 600 block of 10th Street Northeast. The CRI entered the residence and detectives heard him speaking to Heuangsayaseng, who then sold the CRI methamphetamine.

Following the sale, police met with the CRI at a predetermined location. The CRI turned over 27.81 grams of methamphetamine and confirmed Heuangsayaseng sold him the drugs.

A review of Heuangsayaseng’s criminal history shows prior convictions for fleeing a peace officer, carrying/possessing a pistol without a permit, assault, drug possession and first and third-degree drug sales.

Heuangsayaseng will be sentenced at a later date.