Willmar man gets 9½ years in prison for drug sale charge
WILLMAR -- Miguel Gonzales Montez, 41, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 114 months -- 9 1/2 years -- in prison on a first-degree drug sale charge for possessing 33 grams of methamphetamine and 3.2 grams of cocaine seized by CEE-VI Drug Task Fo...
WILLMAR -- Miguel Gonzales Montez, 41, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 114 months -- 9½ years -- in prison on a first-degree drug sale charge for possessing 33 grams of methamphetamine and 3.2 grams of cocaine seized by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents in November.
Montez was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine as part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Court. He was given credit for 201 days already served.
The search revealed a small amount of meth, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, plus evidence that linked the drugs to Montez. Later that day, a Willmar Police officer stopped Montez' vehicle based on the information gathered during the search.
The agents found a digital scale with white powdery residue that tested positive as meth, a small bag of meth and paraphernalia in the vehicle.
A search warrant was then issued for the vehicle, and authorities found numerous baggies of meth hidden in a bag, cooler and bags in the trunk. Agents also found scales with meth residue, a wallet with $1,037 in cash and EBT cards for several individuals.
The meth weighed 33 grams and the cocaine weighed 3.2 grams.
Montez had two prior convictions for fifth-degree controlled substance offenses.