Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Methamphetamin With The Intent To Distribute
MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 44-year-old Rochester man pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Christopher Lee Talamantes pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Talamantes, who was indicted on July 10, 2012, entered his plea before United States District Judge Joan N. Ericksen.
In his plea agreement, Talamantes admitted that on September 15, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his residence, where they found approximately $1,900 on Talamantes and 600 grams of methamphetamine in his apartment. Talamantes also acknowledges that law enforcement officers searched his residence on July 28, 2011. During that search, officers found approximately 2.6 grams of methamphetamine and $13,748.
For his offense, Talamantes faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a potential maximum penalty of life in federal prison, as well as possible fines and forfeitures. Judge Ericksen will determine his sentence at a future hearing, not yet scheduled.
This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie E. Allyn. To learn more about the harmful effects of methamphetamine, visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/multimedia-library/publications/drug_of_abuse.pdf#page=48.