Jesse L. Gonzalez was sentenced in Miller County Circuit Court on Nov. 10 after earlier entering an “open” guilty plea to the charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

A Kaiser man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Jesse L. Gonzalez was sentenced in Miller County Circuit Court on Nov. 10 after earlier entering an “open” guilty plea to the charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Prosecuting Attorney Ben Winfrey asked the court to punish the defendant to 10 years in prison but believes eight years is sufficient to send a message to the defendant and community. Methamphetamine and the people who sell it to the community will be severely punished, he says.

Winfrey thanked the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force for its hard work on the case.

According to the probable cause statement that was filed against Gonzalez by detectives, a controlled buy of meth had been set up at in Kaiser on July 1, 2016 at a government-assisted apartment complex with a children’s playground on the property. Gonzalez sold meth in exchange for $50.

A search warrant later conducted at the apartment in the complex uncovered a a bag containing substance that field-tested positive for meth as well as other drug paraphernalia.  On the floor next to Gonzalez, police found $63 in cash including the $50 used in the controlled transaction. 

Consent to search a cell phone owned by another person who resided in the apartment was granted, according to the probable cause statement, and several conversations regarding drug transactions were found between Gonzalez and other through a text messenger app. The witness stated Gonzalez commonly used her phone to contact friends because he did not have a phone of his own.