Convict pleads not guilty to meth sales

Published 7:00 am Sunday, March 17, 2013

An Albert Lea man pleaded not guilty Thursday in Freeborn County District Court to multiple drug charges after he allegedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in January and February.

Roberto Martinez DelAngel faces one count of first-degree methamphetamine sales and two counts of second-degree methamphetamine sales.

Roberto Martinez DelAngel

Roberto Martinez DelAngel

DelAngel allegedly sold 13.9 grams of meth to a South Central Drug Task Force informant during two controlled purchases, according to court documents.

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In the first sale, on Jan. 11, he reportedly sold 7 grams of meth for $600 when the informant came over to his house at 507 Triangle Drive.

In the second sale, on Feb. 19, he allegedly sold 6.9 grams while in the informant’s vehicle.

The meth in the second sale was crystal meth, but court records did not indicate what type of meth was sold in the first sale.

DelAngel’s lawyer invoked his client’s Sixth Amendment right to a speedy jury trial during court on Thursday.

DelAngel is being held in the Freeborn County jail on a $150,000 unconditional bail or a $100,000 conditional bail. Conditions include having contact with probation, not using alcohol or controlled substances, complying with random testing, not entering bars or liquor stores and obtaining permission before he leaves the state.

He was previously convicted of fifth-degree possession of cocaine in May of 2004.