One sentenced, two enter pleas for felony drug charges
Three individuals with felony drug charges in separate cases appeared Thursday in Mower County District Court.
Nathan Paul Reimers
Nathan Paul Reimers, 29, of Austin was sentenced to five years of probation for felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic.
A second charge of felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic – was dismissed at the sentencing as part of a plea agreement reached on Dec. 19.
Judge Christa M. Daily issued the sentence.
Court documents state that narcotics detectives met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) on Feb. 26 about purchasing heroin from Reimers.
The CRI was searched, equipped with an audio transmitter and buy money, and monitored as he went to a location in Austin to meet with Reimers. Reimers sold the CRI 1.29 grams of what was later determined to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, which the CRI surrendered to police.
Law enforcement met with the CRI again on March 13 after he arranged to purchase more heroin from Reimers. The CRI was again searched, equipped with an audio transmitter and buy money, and monitored as he went to a location in Austin to meet with Reimers. Reimers sold the CRI 0.92 grams of the heroin/fentanyl mixture, which the CRI again surrendered to police.
A review of Reimers’ criminal history shows prior convictions for theft, burglary, issuing dishonored checks, and fleeing a peace officer.
In addition to probation, Reimers must follow 24 conditions and pay $585 in fines and fees. Failure to follow the conditions could result in 21 months in prison.
Austin Douglas Kinder
Austin Douglas Kinder, 22, of Austin pleaded guilty to felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic – as part of a plea agreement.
A charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession will be dismissed at the sentencing as part of the agreement.
Court documents state an Austin narcotics detective met with a confidential reliable informant about purchasing heroin from Kinder on Sept. 18. The CRI was searched and provided with buy money and an audio transmitter. He was then monitored as he met with Kinder at a location in Austin. He then met with police at a predetermined location and surrendered 0.60 grams of heroin, which he said he purchased from Kinder.
Kinder will be sentenced on March 27.
Drew Michael Rosenthal
Drew Michael Rosenthal, 22, of Austin pleaded not guilty to felony third-degree drugs – possess methamphetamine in a school zone.
According to the court complaint, Austin police received a call at about 12:44 p.m. on Dec. 30 regarding two people who were unresponsive or sleeping in a vehicle parked at a residence in the 1500 block of Sixth Street Southeast. An officer arrived and observed a dark colored Dodge Avenger parked in a driveway at the residence. Two subjects were moving around in the vehicle.
The officer observed movement on the passenger side and ordered the individual in the passenger seat to open the door. After a period of time with no response, another officer parked directly behind the vehicle and gave a PA announcement for the driver to exit the vehicle. Eventually the passenger door was opened and the passenger, later identified as Alexander Joseph Haugen, 21, of Eyota, was walked to a squad car.
The individual on the driver side, identified as Rosenthal, was also removed from the vehicle.
Officers searched the vehicle and found marijuana paraphernalia in the center console, a small bag containing about 0.72 grams of methamphetamine on the passenger side floor where Haugen was seated, and a pouch between the passenger seat and center console containing a methamphetamine pipe.
Rosenthal, who is on probation for a misdemeanor DWI conviction, was placed on a 72-hour probation hold. While being arrested, Rosenthal told the officer there was a small amount of methamphetamine in his hat. The officer recovered 0.36 grams of methamphetamine from Rosenthal’s hat.
A police measurement determined the vehicle was approximately 260-275 feet from Woodson Kindergarten Center.
Rosenthal will appear in court again on June 12.