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Man gets prison for selling cocaine to informant

WILLMAR — Paulo Natividad Portillo, 23, of Walnut Grove, was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of second-degree drug sale for his role in selling a total of 11 grams of cocaine to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force between December 2012 and March of this year.

As part of an earlier plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District court, a fifth-degree drug possession charge was dismissed. He was given credit for 72 days already served in custody.

Portillo and Michael Anthony Diaz, 27, of Willmar, were charged in both cases. Diaz pleaded guilty in September to a second-degree drug sale count and will be sentenced Monday.

As part of Diaz’s plea agreement, three felony charges for drug and gun possession and a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a user of controlled substance will be dismissed.

The drug sale charges were filed after 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 Portillo.

The other charges were filed after March 12, when Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on the same residence and found cocaine, methadone pills and a sawed-off shotgun.

According to the complaints, the agents found the men inside the home, locating Portillo in a bedroom with 4 grams of marijuana and the cut corners of bags that contained cocaine residue.

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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