News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2010
Contact: SA Will Taylor

Number: 312-886-2597

Four Twin Cities Area Men Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

NOV 18 (Minneapolis) Four men from the east metro area of the Twin Cities were indicted today in federal court in Minneapolis for allegedly conspiring to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. The indictment charges Martin Basurto-Esquivel, age 53, of White Bear Lake; Martin Basurto, Jr., age 23, and Keener Basurto, age 34, both of West St. Paul; and Patricio Cardoso-Sanchez, age 40, of St. Paul, with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In addition, Basurto-Esquivel was charged with four counts of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine and one count of an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. Martin Basurto, Jr., was also charged with two counts of distribution of five or more grams of methamphetamine, seven counts of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. Keener Basurto was also charged with two counts of distribution of five or more grams of methamphetamine and seven counts of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. Cardoso-Sanchez was also charged with three counts of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.

The indictment alleges that from October 2, 2009, through October 21, 2010, the defendants conspired to distribute the methamphetamine. Moreover, it alleges that Martin and Keener Basurto actually distributed five or more grams of methamphetamine on November 12, 2009, as well as 50 or more grams on November 19, 2009; December 9, 2009; and March 4, 2010. Furthermore, the indictment states that Martin Basurto and Keener Basurto distributed five or more grams of methamphetamine on May 13, 2010, and that Basurto-Esquivel, Martin Basurto, and Keener Basurto distributed 50 or more grams on May 26, 2010. The charging document goes on to state that all four defendants distributed 50 or more grams of methamphetamine on July 14, August 3, and August 24, 2010; and that Martin Basurto possessed with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine on October 21, 2010.

The indictment also alleges that Basurto-Esquivel possessed a .22 caliber rifle on October 21, 2010, which would be unlawful if he is determined to be an illegal alien.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, authorities began investigating the defendants in October of 2009 and began making arranged controlled purchases of drugs in November of 2009.

If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the conspiracy charge, life for distribution of 50 or more grams, and 40 years for distribution of five or more grams. Basurto-Esquivel also faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years on the firearm possession charge. Moreover, Martin Basurto faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the charge of possession with intent to distribute. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Paul Police Department, the Washington County Drug Task Force, the Dakota County Drug Task Force and the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst.

To learn more about the harmful effects of methamphetamine, visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/concern/meth.html

The public is reminded that 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.