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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Little Falls Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Distribute Methamphetamine

MINNEAPOLIS — Today in federal court, a 30-year-old Little Falls man pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. James Kelly Benson specifically pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Benson, who was indicted on February 12, 2014, entered his guilty plea before United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank.

In his plea agreement, Benson admitted that he had been working with others to distribute methamphetamine since June of 2012. Officers of the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force (CMVOTF) also observed Benson selling methamphetamine.

On January 16, 2014, FBI agents, working with CMVOTF officers, executed a search warrant at Benson’s home; they found approximately 60 grams of methamphetamine in Benson’s garage, which he admitted to purchasing with the intent to distribute it within the state of Minnesota.

Because Benson was convicted in Meeker County of a separate felony drug offense in 2005, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Judge Frank will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

 

 

Updated April 30, 2015