Man accused of selling meth

Published 11:00 am Sunday, March 3, 2013

A 47-year-old Iowa man has been charged with a first-degree drug charge after he allegedly sold 28 grams of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover officer.

Adalberto Galvez Desantiago, of Des Moines, reportedly sold the meth in the parking lot of Love’s truck stop at about 7:20 p.m. Feb. 8, according to court documents. A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension special agent and several other law enforcement officers arranged the sale.

Desantiago reportedly pulled into the parking lot in a red pickup, accompanied by another man. He reportedly got into the agent’s vehicle and then exchanged a plastic bag of the substance for $1,800.

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The undercover agent told Desantiago he wanted to next meet for 2 or 3 ounces of meth, and Desantiago reportedly agreed.

Desantiago appeared in Freeborn County District Friday on the charge, at which time he made a request for an interpreter.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Ross Leuning ordered the man be held in the Freeborn County jail on a $250,000 unconditional bail.

He is next slated to appear Monday.

The charge, a felony, carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.