Task force drug buy in Anoka leads to felony charges

A drug buy in Anoka has resulted in two felony controlled substance crime charges being filed in Anoka County District Court against a 34-year-old man.

Estanislado Stanley Hernandez, Minneapolis, has been charged with first-degree (sale of methamphetamine) and second-degree (possession of methamphetamine) controlled substance crimes.

Hernandez is scheduled to make his first court appearance Feb. 11.

According to the complaint, a confidential informant told the Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force May 1, 2013 that he could purchase some 15 grams of methamphetamine from his supplier, “Stan,” and about 5 p.m. a drug task force officer saw the confidential informant send several text messages to “Stan’s” cell phone asking him to deliver the methampetamine to the informant’s home in Anoka.

Drug task force officers were given a description of the car which “Stan” would be driving and about 7:35 p.m., they saw it pull into the confidential informant’s driveway.

The vehicle was stopped and there were three people inside – Hernandez, the front seat passenger, a woman who was driving and an eight-year-old boy in the back seat, the complaint alleges.

When officers searched the car, they allegedly found two plastic baggies containing a substance, which field tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed some 15 grams with packaging, in the driver’s door storage pocket.

The Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory tested the substance and concluded that it was methamphetamine with an unpackaged weight of 11.7 grams, according to the complaint.

In addition, officers allegedly found a digital scale with a white crystal residue on it and two cell phones.

In a post-Miranda statement, Hernandez allegedly admitted sending test messages to the confidential informant May 1, 2013 and that police would likely find drug-related messages from the confidential informant on his phone.

He alleged the woman was not involved.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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