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Redwood Falls man sentenced to 34 months in prison for drugs and failing to register as a predatory offender

Gregorio Barron Trejo Haala, 27, of Redwood Falls, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree controlled substance crime and felony failing to register as a predatory offender. He was sentenced Monday to 34 months in prison.

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Gregorio Barron Trejo Haala

Editor's note: This story has been updated since original publication to correct the judicial district. Redwood County District Court is part of the Fifth Judicial District.

REDWOOD FALLS — A Redwood Falls man was sentenced to 34 months in prison as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to a felony drugs charge and for failing to register as a predatory offender.

Gregorio Barron Trejo Haala, 27, also known as Gregorio Haala, appeared Sept. 13 before Fifth Judicial District Judge Patrick Rohland in Redwood Falls District Court where Haala was sentenced to 34 months for felony third-degree controlled substance crime. He was given 11 days' credit for time served and ordered to pay $85 in fees and fines.

As part of the plea agreement, fourth- and fifth-degree felony controlled substance crime charges, misdemeanor possession, petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and a petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

In another case for felony failure to register as a predatory offender, Judge Rohland sentenced Haala to 18 months in prison with credit for time served. Haala was ordered to pay $85 in fees and fines.

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The sentences will run concurrently.

According to the criminal complaint for felony drugs, Haala was arrested Sept. 24, 2020, following a traffic stop in Redwood Falls due to an active warrant.

Officers found multiple bags of methamphetamine, totaling 1.97 grams, in the vehicle.

Haala was required to register as a predatory offender on Aug. 8, 2018. During an offender registry check in 2019, it was found that he had not done so.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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