MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Twenty two people are accused of conspiring to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine around the Twin cities between January of 2010 and September, according to documents released Friday in Minneapolis Federal Court.
The charges come in connection with a Sept. 3 incident where a Minnesota State Patrol officer shot at a female after she fled the scene of a traffic stop and dragged the officer for about 200 feet.
The federal indictment, which was filed Sept. 7, charges 22 people with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine and 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Eighteen of the 22 accused appeared in court Friday, and 16 of them are still in federal custody.
Police arrested the 18 people over the past week in California and Minnesota, and four still remain at large.
Those that were charged include Adelaida Barragan-Sanchez, Robert Alan Delforin, Javier Hernandez-Coria, Harold James Hurley, Lawrence Joseph Martinez, Todd Allen Mudgett, Jose Rafael Oceguara, Jacob Dwight Olstead, Judy Lynn Redhorn, Miguel Angel Sanchez-Rodriguez, who are all from St. Paul, Scott Wayne Doree of Landfall, Susanna Barragan-Sanchez and Uriel Magana-Faris of California, Brian Robert Bibeau, Jose Juan Gallardo-Hernandez, Juan Carlos Ruiz-Meza, who have no known addresses, Duane Eugene Smith of Whit Bear Lake, Jose Ramirez Valdovinos of Roseville, Jesus Lopez-Vasquez of Spring Lake Park, James Peter Jeanetta of Little Canada, Erika Romero Montenegro and Jose Barragan Sanchez of California. Jose Barragan Sanchez, Delforin, Mudgett and Mangana-Faris remain at large.
The indictment alleges that from January 2010 to September, all 22 defendants conspired to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine. The drugs were delivered from California to Minnesota on Sept. 7.
On Sept. 3, Debra Doree, the wife of defendant Scott Doree, was shot by a State Patrol officer on Interstate 94 after she attempted to flee the scene of a traffic stop.
She was stopped at about 1:30 p.m. that day and the officer had information that she might have been transporting drugs. When the officer went to his vehicle for search equipment, she drove off. The officer got hung up on the passenger side door and was dragged for 200 feet before firing his gun and hitting her. She later died, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later found the suspected drugs in the car.
If all the defendants are convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life in prison.