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Pennock man sentenced to 65 months for selling drugs

A Pennock man was sentenced to more than five years in prison after drug agents allegedly found more than $36,000 in cash in his house, some of it cash that had been used by informants to make drug purchases. A woman also charged in the incident had all of her charges dismissed.

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Remedios Martinez Jr., left, and Ninfa Vallejo. Custody photos

WILLMAR — A Pennock man has been sentenced to more than five years for selling drugs following a drug task force search of his home.

Remedios Martinez Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree drug sale as part of a plea agreement.

He was sentenced Nov. 29 in Kandiyohi County District Court to 65 months. District Judge Stephen Wentzell credited Martinez with 234 days time served.

Under the plea agreement, several other charges were dismissed: two other first-degree drug sale charges, two first-degree drug possession felonies, a felony for storing methamphetamine waste products in the presence of a child, a gross misdemeanor for endangering a child by permitting the presence of drugs, and a misdemeanor for possession of synthetic cannabinoid.

A woman charged with many of the same felonies in the same incident, Ninfa Vallejo, 24, of Pennock, had all charges against her dismissed Nov. 30.

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According to court records, the two were arrested in early April after the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at their home.

Agents found Vallejo in an upstairs bedroom with a 6-month-old baby she said was her niece.

The criminal complaint lists what agents found in a backpack on a chair in the dining room. The list includes two plastic bags with a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine . The packages weighed about 114 grams, roughly 4 ounces.

Also found were meth paraphernalia, a handgun with ammunition, and synthetic cannabinoid and packaging weighing 232 grams, more than 8 ounces. According to the complaint, Vallejo is not allowed to possess a firearm because of her previous drug convictions.

In a statement to agents, Vallejo allegedly denied knowing about drug sales out of the home.

Agents found a purse with meth paraphernalia and documents with Vallejo’s name. After first denying it was her purse, she agreed it was hers, according to the complaint.

Scales were found in the backpack, on the dining room table and in the purse.

Vallejo said she had about $5,000 in the purse, but some of that belonged to the baby. She said she didn’t know of other money in the house.

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The purse was found to contain $6,233, and $540 of it was money that had been recorded by the task force to be used by informants to buy drugs.

Agents found $600 in a kitchen drawer and $30,000 in a bedroom safe. Recorded task force funds totaling $1,980 were in the safe.

A large plastic bag of synthetic cannabinoid weighing nearly 466 grams, a little more than a pound, was found in the bedroom.

When he was arrested, Martinez declined to give a statement without a lawyer but told agents the things found in the house were all his, and the drugs were for personal use for his health.

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