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Woman enters guilty plea in drug case

An Austin woman pleaded guilty to felony drug sales Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Jennifer Marie Ambriz, 31, was charged in June with second-degree sale of 3 grams or more of methamphetamine; two counts of third-degree sale of drugs; and one count of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, all felonies.

She pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sale of drugs; the remaining charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement. She was released on her own recognizance until sentencing Oct. 13.

According to the criminal complaint, Ambriz sold a total of 3.1 grams of meth to an informant in April.

At an arranged drug buy on April 15, when 1.1 grams of meth were allegedly purchased, the informant told officers with the Austin Police Department and the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force that two children were in the apartment.

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On April 22, the informant bought approximately 2.0 grams of meth, again at Ambriz's apartment, the complaint says.

A search warrant was executed at her home on April 26; officers seized two cellphones, papers with phone numbers and a glass pipe that allegedly tested positive for meth.

Ambriz faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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