Forty-one people are facing federal charges in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed drugs across the Upper Midwest and on two large Minnesota Indian reservations.
Police say a St. Paul pizzeria and ice cream parlor turned out to be a front for a marijuana trafficking business. The investigation began last summer after a concerned citizen reported that Papa Dmitri’s Classic Pizza and Ice Cream was rarely open and didn’t seem to do much actual business.
Almost a dozen members of two of Minnesota’s most violent street gangs have been indicted on federal weapons and drug charges. Police said the suspects used violence and intimidation to control a drug operation stretching across two states.
Federal authorities have indicted 12 people who they say were involved in a drug trafficking operation run out of a Spring Lake Park auto repair shop. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger says the suspects were indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana in Minnesota after authorities on Wednesday raided residences in Minnesota, California and Illinois.
A 45-year-old St. Paul man was sentenced to 21 years in prison in St. Paul federal court on Monday for his role in a large drug trafficking operation in Minnesota between 2005 and October of 2010.
A 26-year-old man with a four-year college degree has pleaded guilty to organizing a drug-trafficking ring that supplied heroin, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy across North Dakota and Minnesota.