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Willmar man sentenced to 57 months in prison for selling cocaine

WILLMAR -- Guillermo Lopez Sr., 42, of Willmar, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree controlled substance charge for selling cocaine.

WILLMAR -- Guillermo Lopez Sr., 42, of Willmar, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on a second-degree controlled substance charge for selling cocaine.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a first-degree felony and two additional felony charges for first-degree drug sales and aiding and abetting drug sales were dismissed.

The cha-rges were filed after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents sear-ched the Regency East home shared by Lopez and Rosa Chavez Barco, 49, on Jan. 12 and found cocaine and task force money used in a drug buy. The search revealed plastic bags of cocaine stashed in the bathroom vanity and in the kitchen in a case for eyeglasses and in a wine rack. Two digital scales, marijuana and $1 and $5 bills containing white substances were also found. The main stash of cocaine, 17.8 grams, was found in the bathroom vanity. Agents also located $1,000, in $50 and $100 bills, under a stack of towels. Agents later determined that $750 of the money was used earlier in a cocaine buy at the home.

Barco faces the same three felony charges as Lopez and is scheduled for a jury trial on July 23.

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