Two St. Paul Men Indicted For Conspiring To Distribute Methamphetamine
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, two St. Paul men were indicted for conspiring to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. The indictment charges Jesus Giovanni Gaxiola-Guevara, age 22, and Martin Fidencio Gutierrez-Alarcon, age 28, with one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine.
The indictment alleges that between February of 2012 and May 16, 2012, the defendants conspired to distribute the methamphetamine. In addition, it alleges that on May 15, 2012, Gaxiola-Guevara possessed with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine, and that on May 16, 2012, Gutierrez-Alarcon possessed with intent to distribute the same amount.
According to law enforcement affidavits filed in the case, on May 15, 2012, Gaxiola-Guevara was pulled over by Fergus Falls police for a traffic violation. During a consented search of his vehicle, officers found approximately $74,000 in a box in the back seat. During the execution of a search warrant at Gaxiola-Guevara’s residence on that same day, police seized approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, two handguns, two digital scales, drug notes, and money transfer receipts. During the execution of a search warrant at Gutierrez-Alarcon’s residence on May 16, police seized approximately ten grams of methamphetamine from a bedroom, approximately one pound of methamphetamine from a red cooler in the basement, and three digital scales.
If convicted, the men face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on each count. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Paul Police Department, with assistance from the Fergus Falls Police Department. 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.