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Willmar woman gets stayed sentence, probation for drug crime

WILLMAR -- Rosa Chavez Barco, 49, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison, which was stayed, a $2,000 fine, and 10 years of probation on a felony charge of aiding and abetting a third-degree controlled substance crime.

She was also ordered to serve 180 days in the county jail, with credit for three days served, and complete a chemical dependency evaluation.

As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a first-degree drug sale charge and two additional first-degree felony drug sale charges will be dismissed.

Barco and Guillermo Lopez Sr., 42, also of Willmar, were charged in the case after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents searched their home on Jan. 11 and found cocaine and task force money used in a drug purchase.

The search revealed plastic bags of cocaine stashed in the bathroom vanity and in the kitchen in a case for eyeglasses and in a wine rack. Two digital scales, marijuana and $1 and $5 bills containing white substances were also found. The main stash of cocaine, 17.8 grams, was found in the bathroom vanity. Agents also located $1,000, in $50 and $100 bills, under a stack of towels. Agents later determined that $750 of the money was used earlier in a cocaine buy at the home.

Lopez was sentenced in May to 57 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree controlled substance charge for selling cocaine. In his plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a first-degree felony. Two additional felony charges were dismissed.