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Willmar, Minn., man gets 94 months in prison for role in selling meth

WILLMAR -- Joel Gomez, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 94 months in prison on a first-degree drug possession charge for his role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in November.

As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Court, Gomez was ordered to pay a $50 fine and was given credit for 124 days already served in custody.

Another first-degree charge for drug sale and a second-degree drug sale count were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Gomez and Elio Naranjo Infante, 44, of Pennock, were both charged in the first-degree sale case. Infante's next appearance is Oct. 29.

According to the complaint, the informant and Gomez traveled from Willmar to Pennock on Nov. 21 to purchase meth from Gomez's supplier, later identified by Gomez as Infante. After the purchase was made, their vehicle was stopped by a sheriff's deputy. An ounce of meth was located in the vehicle with a $100 bill that had previous been recorded by CEE-VI agents.

Gomez was arrested and 28.5 grams of meth were located in his possession. He had a prior conviction for third-degree drug possession in 2006.

Agents also served a search warrant on Infante's residence, along First Street North, and located 5.4 grams of meth hidden inside a roll of paper towels. The search also revealed $2,600 in cash stashed inside a wall in a cabinet, numerous pieces of surveillance equipment and 18.4 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia.

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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