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Willmar, Minn., woman gets stayed prison sentence in drug bust

WILLMAR -- Maria De Jesus Magana, 44, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 86 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, 360 days in jail and $2,500 in fines on felony charges of first-degree drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

As part of her sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Donald M. Spilseth, Magana was given credit for 202 days already served in custody and an additional $1,500 in fines was stayed for 10 years. She was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, cooperate with the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ordered not to possess or use firearms or weapons.

In a court trial, Magana was found guilty of two additional charges, fifth-degree drug possession and gross misdemeanor child endangerment, but no sentence was pronounced on those charges.

Magana and Rogelio Martinez-Alvarez, 36, were both charged in October after police officers executed a search warrant at a home in Regency Estates West and found 48 grams of cocaine, more than two pounds of marijuana and a stolen handgun.

Martinez-Alvarez pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree drug possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and will be sentenced, likely to 60 months in prison, on May 21.

CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents, plus officers from the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, served a warrant Oct. 26 at the home along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.

Martinez-Alvarez, Magana and a 3-year-old child were located in the home. When they entered the home, officers used Mace on a large dog described as a pit bull. The dog was removed and taken to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar.

According to the complaint, the search revealed 2.32 pounds of marijuana in multiple containers, 51 grams of cocaine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, a stolen 9mm handgun and 94 rounds of ammunition. The gun was identified as a weapon stolen from a Willmar gun store.

Most of the marijuana, drug paraphernalia and ammunition were located near the child's bed, hidden in a dog food bag. Marijuana was also located in the drawers of several pieces of furniture in the bedroom. The cocaine was hidden in caulking tubes in a dresser drawer.

Officers also located more than $3,600 in cash at the home, with most of it hidden between mattresses.

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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