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Willmar, Minn., man faces first-degree drug sale charge for selling cocaine

WILLMAR -- Michael Anthony Diaz, 27, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a first-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling a total of 11 grams of cocaine to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force between December and March.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance is Aug.8.

According to the complaint, the informant purchased cocaine from Diaz on Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Feb. 27 and March 8 with all of the purchases happening at a Regency Estates West home along the 400 block of 30th Avenue Northwest. Each of the purchases was delivered in multiple packages and the last purchase, of 2.2 grams on March 8, was delivered to the informant by Paulo Natividad Portillo, 22, of Walnut Grove.

Portillo made his first appearance on Monday on a second-degree drug sale charge, also for selling cocaine on multiple occasions from the same trailer home. His bail was set at $30,000 and his next appearance is Aug. 14.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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