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Convicted felon accused of selling cocaine

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Police have arrested an Austin man wanted since last fall for allegedly selling cocaine and violating probation on several felony convictions.

On Wednesday, a Mower District Court judge set bail for 30-year-old Jesse James Ozuna at $500,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions on four pending files, including three felonies, records show.

Judge Donald E. Rysavy ordered an expedited revocation hearing for Ozuna’s alleged probation violations and ordered him detained until that hearing, which wasn’t set, court documents show.

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In October, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ozuna alleging in a criminal complaint that on June 15 he sold about 11 grams of cocaine for $300 to an informant for Austin police. The alleged sale occurred in the 300 block of Third Avenue Southwest.

The informant told police that Ozuna said he usually sells methamphetamine rather than cocaine.

Ozuna faces a felony count of first-degree drug crime for the sale.

In the other pending felony cases, Ozuna faces two counts of theft by swindle and five counts related to forgery, records show.

An arrest warrant had been issued two months ago for Ozuna in a complaint charging him with theft by swindle related to defrauding two people through fraudulent online auctions.

Ozuna had been free on $5,000 bail since early August on another case charging him with five felony counts related to forgery.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Ozuna, 1203 Ninth Ave. S.W., denied violating his probation on four files with felony convictions and another for gross-misdemeanor domestic assault, records show.

The felony files include convictions from 2004 for fifth-degree drug crime, theft by swindle, check forgery and defrauding an insurer. He could be sent to prison if found in violation of his probation.

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Ozuna returns to court Thursday.

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