2 sentenced for felony drug crimes; Both sold meth to police informants
Two individuals with felony drug convictions were sentenced on Thursday in Mower County District Court. Judge Kevin Siefken issued the sentences.
Joshua James Allen
Joshua James Allen, 32, of Austin, was sentenced to 92 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony second-degree drugs – sale of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period.
The charge was reduced from felony first-degree drugs – sale of 17 grams or more of methamphetamine – as part of a plea agreement reached on Sept. 27.
He received a concurrent sentence of 60 months in prison for felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition. Charges of felony violent felon in possession of a stun gun and gross misdemeanor counterfeit currency —utter or possess — were dismissed at the sentencing.
He received credit for 542 days served.
Court documents state narcotic detectives met with a confidential informant (CI) on May 18, 2018, about purchasing methamphetamine from Allen. The CI was searched, given buy money and an audio transmitter and monitored by police as he met with Allen at a location in Austin.
The CI met with police at a predetermined location and surrendered 28.066 grams of methamphetamine. He also confirmed Allen sold him the drugs.
On June 18, 2018, while Allen was in the Mower County Jail on other charges, police executed a search warrant on his residence in the 2000 block of Third Avenue Northeast. They made contact with a man who said he was watching the residence for Allen. He told police he was not aware of any contraband inside the residence.
Police searched the residence and seized the following:
- A “stun gun” located in the main floor bedroom;
- A round of .45 caliber ammunition in the main floor bedroom;
- A round of .22 caliber ammunition in the main floor bedroom;
- Approximately one gram of marijuana in the main floor bedroom;
- Various methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia throughout the house;
- A counterfeit $100 bill and counterfeit $50 bill in the living room;
- Ledger notes regarding drug transactions in the living room;
- A pistol holster in the living room;
- .45 caliber and .22 caliber gun cleaners in the main floor bedroom; and
- An inoperable mortar round in the main floor bedroom.
A review of Allen’s criminal history shows prior convictions for third-degree assault – substantial bodily harm, domestic assault, violating a no contact order, stalking, disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and damage to property.
Allen is currently serving an 88-month prison sentence for an aggravated robbery conviction out of Freeborn County.
DeeDee Moungkhounuh, 27, of Austin was sentenced to 25 years of probation for felony second-degree drugs – sale of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin within a 90-day period.
The charge was reduced from felony first-degree drugs-sale of 17 grams or more of cocaine of methamphetamine as part of a plea agreement reached on June 21.
Court documents state that an Austin narcotics detective and investigator with the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) on March 6 about purchasing methamphetamine from Moungkhounuh. The CRI and his vehicle were searched and he was provided buy money and an audio transmitter.
Police monitored the CRI as he met with Moungkhounuh, who was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, at a location in Austin. The detective monitored the audio and heard the CRI and Moungkhounuh discussing drugs and money. After the purchase, the CRI met with police at a predetermined location and surrendered 24.33 grams of methamphetamine. The CRI confirmed Moungkhounuh sold him the drugs.
In addition to probation, Moungkhounuh must follow 24 conditions and pay $1,085 in fees. Failure to follow the conditions could result in 48 months in prison.
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