MINNEAPOLIS - Two St. Paul men face life in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jesus Giovanni Gaxiola-Guevara, 22, and Martin Fidencio Gutierrez-Alarcon, age 28, specifically pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.
The men admitted to authorities that from February through May of 2012 they conspired with each other to distribute methamphetamine. Gaxiola-Guevara obtained the drug from suppliers in Mexico and then passed it on to mid-level distributors in the Twin Cities.
Authorities were tipped off to the meth operation May 15, when Fergus Falls police stopped Gaxiola-Guevara for a traffic violation. He consented to a search of his vehicle, where the officers found nearly $75,000 in cash. Later that day police seized 897.1 grams of methamphetamine, two handguns, two digital scales, drug notes, and numerous money transfer receipts from Gaxiola-Guevara's residence.
The following day, during the execution of a search warrant at Gutierrez-Alarcon's residence, police discovered 337.4 grams of methamphetamine and three digital scales.
For their crimes, the men face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. Because the federal system does not have parole, the defendants would serve virtually the remainder of their lives behind bars.
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