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Man gets prison time for his role in cocaine deals with informant

WILLMAR — Michael Anthony Diaz, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 50 months in prison, plus a $1,000 fine, 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.

Diaz was given credit for 24 days already served as part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Donald Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of an earlier 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 were dismissed.

Diaz and Paulo Natividad Portillo, 23, of Walnut Grove, were charged in both cases. Portillo was sentenced last week, also to 50 months in prison and a $1,000 fine, on a second-degree drug charge.

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.

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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