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Jean Michael Miranda-Sanchez (left) and Rudolfo Portillo Jean Michael Miranda-Sanchez (left) and Rudolfo Portillo

One defendant to still stand trial.

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018 4:16 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – One of the men arrested after law enforcement intercepted an illegal drug shipment worth around $100,000 is pleading guilty.

Jean Michael Miranda-Sanchez, 24 of Austin, and Rodolfo Alsonso Portillo, 32 of Rochester, were taken into custody on May 10 in Mower County. Austin police say the men picked up a package containing five pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of cocaine.

Authorities say the package was sent from California to the Minneapolis airport and then to an address on East Oakland Avenue.
Miranda-Sanchez is pleading guilty to 2nd degree drug possession. His sentencing is set for February 21, 2019.

Portillo is pleading not guilty to 1st degree aggravated drug possession and two counts of ordinary 1st first degree drug possession. His trial is due to begin on January 28, 2019.

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