Man pleads to meth, paraphernalia and burglary charges
WILLMAR -- Gerardo Cory Lopez, 34, of Willmar pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of second-degree drug sales and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. He also pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor burglary charge.
The pleas were entered in Kandiyohi County District Court.
Under a plea agreement, the drug sale charge was lowered fr-om a first-degree fe-lony, the burglary charge was reduced from felony level and an additional felony for second-degree assault was dismissed. Lopez will be sentenced Jan. 12.
The drug charge was filed after Willmar police were looking for a suspect in a knife assault around 12:45 a.m. Aug. 13 in the area of Willow Run Apartments along 15th Street Southwest.
An officer entered one of the buildings there through a door that was propped open. He recognized Lopez and was aware he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The officer then arrested Lopez and during a search found $935 in small bills in Lopez's pocket and 17.6 grams of meth in seven separate bags. A glass pipe in a zippered pouch was also found.
The meth paraphernalia charge was filed after a search warrant was executed Aug. 6 by CEE-VI Task Force personnel at a local apartment. Tianna Dobis, 21, a man and a 14-month-old child were located in the apartment. Also located there were two meth pipes, three digital scales, baggies, a butane torch and an "owe" sheet. In an interview, Dobis said the items belonged to Lopez. She said he paid her thousands of dollars to sell and store drugs at her residence.
The burglary charge against Lopez came after police were called May 7 to Regency Estates East, where a man claimed he was assaulted by Lopez with a stick after Lopez broke into his residence. A woman, who was also on scene, said she had previously had a relationship with Lopez. The victim suffered a swollen eye, bleeding from his nose and marks on his torso. The woman backed up the victim's statement.