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Willmar, Minn., man gets 86 months in prison for selling cocaine to task force informant

WILLMAR -- Juan De Dios Candelaria-Lopez, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 86 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a first-degree drug sale charge for selling an ounce of cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant last October.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by District Judge Gerald J. Seibel, Candelaria-Lopez was given credit for 329 days already served in custody.

Candelaria-Lopez was found guilty of the charge in an August jury trial.

The charge was filed after Oct. 27, 2011, when a CEE-VI agent received information that an in-formant had the opportunity to buy cocaine fr-om Candelaria-Lopez, who is also known as Angel Reynaldo Gonzalez-Cruz. The deal was arranged to take place in a Willmar retailer's parking lot.

Candelaria-Lopez was arrested after selling 29.1 grams of cocaine to the informant. He was arrested and agents found the $1,000 in pre-recorded funds in his possession.

The drugs tested positive as cocaine and Candelaria-Lopez did not cooperate with questioning by officers.

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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