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Two men face felony drug and gun charges after cocaine, pills found in Willmar, Minn., home search

WILLMAR — Michael Anthony Diaz, 27, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three felony charges for possession of drugs and a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun after cocaine, pills and a sawed-off shotgun were found Tuesday after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on his home.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. Diaz also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of possessing a pistol or assault weapon as a user of controlled substance and a petty misdemeanor for marijuana possession. His next appearance is March 25 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Paulo Natividad Portillo, 22, of Willmar, was also charged in the case. Portillo fa-ces a fifth-degree drug possession charge. His bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance is March 25.

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

Agents also found 2 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, plastic bag corners with cocaine residue, 35 methadone pills and a shotgun with a barrel length of 17 inches.

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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