West St. Paul man sentenced for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine
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March 6, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a 25-year-old West St. Paul man was
sentenced for conspiring to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. United States
District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Martin Basurto, Jr., to 120 months in prison on
one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Basurto, Jr., was indicted along with
three co-defendants on November 17, 2010, and pleaded guilty on March 21, 2011.
In his plea agreement, Basurto, Jr., admitted that from October 2009 through August 2010,
he distributed 751.1 grams of methamphetamine to law enforcement in nine separate
transactions. On October 21, 2010, police seized another 175 grams of methamphetamine from
his residence, along with three firearms from his garage.
Following today’s sentencing, Dan Moren, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration’s (“DEA”), Minneapolis-St. Paul District Office, said, “The
harm inflicted by the Basurto Organization through the importation and distribution of
methamphetamine in the greater Twin Cities area is devastating on many fronts. Drug trafficking
inherently increases the risk of violence in our neighborhoods–equally devastating is the loss of
Minnesota’s community members to drug addiction and overdose.”
On January 27, 2012, Judge Schiltz sentenced Martin Basurto-Esquivel, age 54, of White
Bear Lake, to 120 months on one count of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on May 12, 2011. In his
plea agreement, Basurto-Esquivel admitted that during the period of the conspiracy, he assisted
others in distributing methamphetamine unknowingly to an undercover agent. In addition, he
admitted responsibility for distributing between 150 and 500 grams of methamphetamine during
the course of the conspiracy.
On October 28, 2011, Patricio Cardoso-Sanchez, age 41, of St. Paul, was sentenced to 24 months on one count of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on May 16, 2011. In his plea agreement,
Cardoso-Sanchez admitted that on three occasions, he was with Keener Basurto when Basurto
sold a total of 12 ounces of methamphetamine.
On October 18, 2011, Keener Basurto, age 36, of West St. Paul, was sentenced to 60 months
on one count of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty on January 13, 2011. In his plea agreement,
Keener Basurto admitted that he also distributed 751.1 grams of methamphetamine to law
enforcement in nine separate transactions. In addition, he admitted obtaining the drugs from
Basurto-Esquivel and Martin Basurto, and was assisted in three transactions by Cardoso-
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
from them in November of 2009.
This case was the result of an investigation by the DEA, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s
Office, the St. Paul Police Department, the Washington County Drug Task Force, the Ramsey
County Drug Task Force, the Anoka County Drug Task Force, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport
Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Dakota County Drug Task Force and the
Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M.
Hollenhorst. To learn more about the harmful effects of methamphetamine, visit
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