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Two St. Paul men indicted for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2013


MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, two St. Paul men were indicted for possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. On April 22, 2013, Antonio Ceron-Santos, age 40, and Avimael Armenta-Hernandez, age 27, were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictment alleges that on March 28, 2013, the defendants possessed the methamphetamine. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, the defendants were arrested that day, following an arranged controlled purchase of approximately one pound of methamphetamine at a parking lot in Maplewood. During the execution of a state search warrant at the defendants’ residence, police allegedly seized an additional five pounds of methamphetamine as well as drug ledgers and a scale typically used to weigh illegal narcotics.

If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of life in federal prison. Because the federal criminal justice system does not have parole, offenders serve virtually their entire prison sentences behind bars. Any sentences imposed in this case would be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the St. Paul Police Department, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the county sheriff’s offices for Dakota, Ramsey, Washington and Wright counties. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie E. Allyn.

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.

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