Bloomington man gets 70 months for drug possession; Second drug possession charge dismissed

Published 6:30 am Friday, November 15, 2019

Rene Pena Cordero, 64, of Bloomington was sentenced to 70 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony second-degree drugs — possess 25 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine — on Thursday in Mower County District Court. He received credit for 287 days served.

Rene Pena Cordero, 64

The charge was reduced from felony first-degree drugs-possess 50 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine-as part of a plea agreement reached on Sept. 30. A charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession – possess schedule 1,2,3,4-not a small amount of marijuana – was dismissed at the sentencing as part of that agreement.

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Judge Kevin Siefken issued the sentence.

Court documents state that on Jan. 31, police executed a search warrant on Cordero, who was suspected of delivering a large amount of drugs to Austin.

Cordero and a passenger were spotted in a 2018 Sentra Sedan with a Montana license plate. When they exited the vehicle, the officers approached them about the search warrant.

While searching Cordero, officers found a bag containing one pound (or 453 grams) of methamphetamine in his left pocket. When asked what was in the bag, Cordero said “drugs.” He was also found to be in possession of 3.57 grams of cocaine, two oxycodone pills and four alprazolam pills.

A review of Cordero’s criminal record shows prior convictions for assault, drug possession and sales of a controlled substance.