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Man sentenced for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute

December 4, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 37-year-old man was sentenced for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it. United States District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Edgar Rafael Barraza-Maldonado to 70 months in federal prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Barraza-Maldonado, who was indicted on February 22, 2012, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2012.  

In his plea agreement, Barraza-Maldonado admitted that on January 22, 2012, he possessed 16 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. According to the law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, Barraza-Maldonado was stopped by a Minnesota State Trooper for driving offenses. After a search of the vehicle Barraza-Maldonado was driving, law enforcement officers found 16 one-kilogram packages of cocaine.   

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the Minnesota State Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey S. Paulsen.

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