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Willmar, Minn., man gets 86 months in prison for selling cocaine to task force informant

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Juan De Dios Candelaria-Lopez, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 86 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a first-degree drug sale charge for selling an ounce of cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant last October.

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As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by District Judge Gerald J. Seibel, Candelaria-Lopez was given credit for 329 days already served in custody.

Candelaria-Lopez was found guilty of the charge in an August jury trial.

The charge was filed after Oct. 27, 2011, when a CEE-VI agent received information that an in-formant had the opportunity to buy cocaine fr-om Candelaria-Lopez, who is also known as Angel Reynaldo Gonzalez-Cruz. The deal was arranged to take place in a Willmar retailer's parking lot.

Candelaria-Lopez was arrested after selling 29.1 grams of cocaine to the informant. He was arrested and agents found the $1,000 in pre-recorded funds in his possession.

The drugs tested positive as cocaine and Candelaria-Lopez did not cooperate with questioning by officers.

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