9 indicted on charges related to crack cocaine trafficking

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal indictment unsealed Monday in St. Paul alleges that nine individuals have been charged with offenses related to a crack cocaine operation that functioned in Minnesota between November of 2009 and July of 2010.

The indictment, which was filed Nov. 1 in St. Paul, was unsealed following the initial appearances of five of the defendants.

Derek Wayne Brown, 41, and Lanesta Jean White, 28, both of Minneapolis; Robert Brandon Cook, 30, and Tiffany Tyeisha Dantzler, 23, both of St. Paul; Leverette Cushawn Cargill, 34; and Carl Maurice Woodard, 42 of Richfield, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Cook also was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition.

In addition, Orlando Michael Jravha Walker, 25 of St. Cloud, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition.

Victor Cortez Shelton, 23 of St. Cloud, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition.

Shila Marie Robinson, 31 of St. Cloud, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that from Nov. 20, 2009, to July of 2010, some of the defendants conspired with each other and others to possess with intent to distribute 28 or more grams of crack cocaine.

It also alleges that on Nov. 20, 2009, Cook possessed a 9-millimeter pistol. Because he is a felon, Cook is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Cook was convicted in Hennepin County in 2001 for third degree sale of narcotics.

In addition, the indictment alleges that on April 23, Shelton and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing a nine-millimeter pistol. Because they are felons, Shelton andWalker are prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

Shelton was convicted in Stearns County in 2007 for second-degree assault, and Walker was convicted in Hennepin County in 2004 for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

It also alleges that on May 20, Cook and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing three rounds of .38 caliber bullets, and that on June 19, Robinson, Shelton and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing a 12-gauge shotgun.

Because she too is a felon, Robinson is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Robinson was convicted in Stearns County in 2009 for damage to property.

If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of 40 years in prison on the conspiracy charge and ten years on each of the other charges.

All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

 

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