Albert Lea man pleads guilty to selling meth

Published 11:24 am Friday, June 22, 2012

AUSTIN — An Albert Lea man who sold drugs to a confidential informant in Austin pleaded guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.

Joaquin Santiago-Estrada

Joaquin Santiago-Estrada, 34, of Albert Lea, pleaded guilty to third-degree drug possession of more than three grams of methamphetamines, a felony. Another felony charge for first-degree drug sale of more than 10 grams of meth within a 90-day period was dismissed.

Officers arranged to meet with Santiago-Estrada on May 2 and purchase the meth from him for $1,600, according to the court complaint. They arrested him soon after Santiago-Estrada allegedly met with the officer at an Austin storage unit, put 84.51 grams of meth in a bicycle helmet and exchanged it for the money.

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Santiago-Estrada showed officers a Mexico matricula card and also said he used the name Benjamin Agala Rios to rent the storage unit, according to the complaint.

Santiago-Estrada originally demanded a speedy trial, and his sentencing date has not been set.