News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 08, 2010
Contact: SA Will Taylor

Number: 312-886-2597

Alleged Marijuana Distribution Organization Results in 28 Charged Federally

OCT 08(Minneapolis) A federal indictment and criminal complaint unsealed on September 24, 2010 charged 28 individuals for allegedly conspiring to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana throughout Minnesota and Colorado over the past four years. Both charging documents were unsealed following the arrest and initial appearances of 20 of the defendants in Minnesota and Colorado, many of whom were arrested on September 23rd and 24th.

The indictment, which was filed with the U.S. District Court last month, charges each of the following 26 defendants with conspiring to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana:

Daniel Garcia-Fonseca, age 24, of Bloomington, MN
Alonso Rascon-Olivas, age 58, of Bloomington, MN
Bruce John Johnson, age 25, of St. Cloud, MN
Charles Joseph Kalenberg, age 58, of Stewart, MN
Tyler LouisKyte, age 24, of Belle Plaine, MN
William Robert Laurie, age 27, of Richfield, MN
Federico Llamas III, age 32, of New Auburn, MN
Michael Ascencion Moreno, age 31, of New Auburn, MN
Yolanda Jean Moreno, age 27, of New Auburn, MN
Amy Marie Mayberry, age 26, of Glencoe, MN
Stephanie Rachel Raduenz, age 23, of Glencoe, MN
Patrick Thomas Maykoski, age 41, of St. Paul, MN
Jorge Luis Medrano, age 24, of Hutchinson, MN
Gustavo Moreno, unknown age, of Denver, Colorado, MN
Carlos Munoz-Perez, age 32, Denver, Colorado, MN
Greg Bryan Ortega, age 30, of St. Peter, MN
Cesar Sevilla-Acosta, age 35, of St. Paul, MN
Joel Auren Zellman, age 44, of Silver Lake, MN
Juan Alonzo-Perez, age 24, unknown address
Stefanie Donna Kalenberg, age 26, unknown address
Sabrina Jean Lafountaine, age 29, unknown address
Alan Lee Lorentz, age 32, unknown address
Rogelio E. Obeso-Melchor, age 32, unknown address
Jorge Luis Villar-Meras, age 35, unknown addresses
Two additional unnamed defendants

In addition, Kyte, Lafountaine, Lorentz, Maykoski, and Obeso-Melchor were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and Rascon-Olivas was charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana. Laurie also was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 or more kilograms of marijuana, while Llamas and Michael Moreno also were charged with one count of distribution of marijuana.

The indictment also alleges that from 2006 until recently, the defendants conspired to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana. In addition, it alleges that on August 19, 2009, Laurie possessed with intent to distribute 100 or more kilograms of marijuana; on December 11, 2009, Johnson distributed one-quarter of a pound of marijuana; on December 15, 2009, Michael Moreno distributed seven pounds of marijuana; on December 15, 2009, Lafountaine and Lorentz possessed with intent to distribute seven pounds of marijuana; on February 24, 2010, Rascon-Olivas distributed 50 pounds of marijuana; on February 24 and 25, 2010, Maykoski possessed with intent to distribute 90 pounds of marijuana; on April 20, 2010, Rascon-Olivas distributed 84 pounds of marijuana; on April 20, 2010, Obeso-Melchor possessed with intent to distribute 84 pounds of marijuana; on April 20, 2010, Llamas distributed eight pounds of marijuana; and on April 20, 2010, Kyte possessed with intent to distribute eight pounds of marijuana.

The complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court on September 23, 2010, charges the following two:

Ricardo Diaz, age 28, of Bloomington, MN
Jose Luis Renterra, age 37, of Bloomington, MN

Diaz and Renterra were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana. It alleges that from 2006 until recently, the defendants conspired to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana.

If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, Johnson, Kyte, Lafountaine, Llamas, Lorentz, Maykoski, Moreno, Obeso-Melchor, and Rascon-Olivas face a potential maximum penalty of five years on each distribution count. Laurie also faces a potential maximum penalty of 40 years on the possession with intent to distribute charge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) Minneapolis-St Paul District Office, the Bloomington Police Department, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Hutchinson Police Department, and the Glencoe Police Department with assistance provided by the South West Metro Drug Task Force, DEA Denver Office, Denver Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Patrol, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.