Man pleads not guilty to meth sales

Published 9:33am Friday, June 7, 2013

An Albert Lea man has pleaded not guilty to selling methamphetamine to a drug task force informant three times last year.

James Edward Moran, 47, entered the plea Thursday in Freeborn County District Court to second-degree methamphetamine sales. His public defender Kevin Riha requested a jury trial.

According to court documents, Moran sold a total of 5.5 grams during the three sales out of a home at 930 Jefferson Ave.:

• On Oct. 26, Moran allegedly sold 3.1 grams of the drug.

• On Nov. 13, he reportedly sold 2.1 grams.

• On Dec. 4, he allegedly sold 0.3 grams.

All of the sales were reportedly conducted under the jurisdiction of a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy who is part of the South Central Drug Task Force.

The informant was outfitted with a transmitter and recorder for each sale.

Moran is being held on a bail of $60,000 without conditions and $30,000 with conditions. Conditions include not leaving the state without prior written court approval, not possessing or using alcohol or drugs, complying with random testing, not using or possessing firearms or dangerous weapons and signing a waiver of extradition, among others.

Second-degree meth sales carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Moran was previously convicted of meth possession in May of 2003.