Stillwater man gets 120 days in jail for meth sale

A 36-year-old Stillwater man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and 10 years probation after he pleaded guilty to felony third-degree drug possession.

Martin Stephen Tschida III was named by a confidential informant in April 2012 as a methamphetamine dealer living in Stillwater, and was witnessed selling more than 11 grams of methamphetamine in a drug bust.

On April 25, 2012, the informant contacted Tschida to arrange to purchase methamphetamine in exchange for money, and Tschida directed him to come to his home on the 100 block of Owens Street North, Stillwater. Before the purchase, officers searched the informant and provided him with an amount of documented buy-fund money.

While in the residence, a surveillance team overheard the informant speaking with a male who stated that he would sell the methamphetamine but needed the money up front. The informant provided Tschida with the buy-fund money and left. The informant stated that the male in the residence was Tschida. A short time later, Tschida was seen leaving his residence in a vehicle.

After a short period of time the informant, while in the presence of an officer, was contacted to meet in the back of Tschida’s residence to obtain the suspected methamphetamine. While en route, the informant was contacted and told that he was to be picked up outside of Tschida’s residence and the methamphetamine would be located at another place.

The informant drove to an abandoned building adjacent to Tschida’s residence. The informant obtained a package from the rear door and reentered the vehicle. Surveillance teams observed the transaction via audio. An officer then met with the informant, who provided him a package with the suspected methamphetamine.

The package tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine with a total weight of 11.46 grams. Tschida was sentenced June 26, 2014, and served time in jail from June 26 until July 11, 2014, when he given work release and required to return to jail for six weekends.