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Two sentenced for felony drug sales

Two individuals were sentenced for felony drug sale convictions on Thursday in Mower County District Court. Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentences.

Rogelio Rodriguez-Sanchez

Rogelio Rodriguez-Sanchez, 76, of Austin was sentenced to 10 years of probation for felony second-degree drugs – possess 25 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine.

Rodriguez-Sanchez

The charge was reduced from felony first-degree drugs – possess with intent to sell – 17 grams or more of methamphetamine – as part of a plea agreement reached on March 2.

Court documents state law enforcement executed a search warrant on the morning of Jan. 10, 2019, at Rodriguez-Sanchez’s residence in the 800 block of Ninth Street Southeast. Members of the search team detained Rodriguez-Sanchez and advised him of the warrant.

Law enforcement found the following:

• Two small baggies containing 2.91 grams of methamphetamine in Rodriguez-Sanchez’s pocket;

• Approximately 40.96 grams of methamphetamine (including 25.88 grams packaged for sale in 3.58 gram bags);

• $395 cash; and

• Various items of drug paraphernalia.

A second individual arrested at the scene, Maria Ann Sanchez, also pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and will be sentenced on June 18.

A review of Rodriguez-Sanchez’s criminal record shows prior convictions for possession of stolen property, drug possession and drug sales.

In addition to probation, Rodriguez-Sanchez must pay $1,085 in fees and follow 20 conditions. Failure to follow the conditions could result in 108 months in prison.

Austin Douglas Kinder

Kinder

Austin Douglas Kinder, 22, of Austin was sentenced to five years of probation for felony third-degree drugs – sale of a narcotic. He received credit for 150 days served.

A charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession was dismissed at the sentencing as part of a plea agreement reached on Jan. 23.

Court documents state an Austin narcotics detective met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) 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.