St. Paul man sentenced for possessing
with intent to distribute methamphetamines
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, a 40-year-old St. Paul man was
sentenced for possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Jose Arcadio Guillen Tapia to
120 months in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute the illegal drug. Tapia
was indicted on December 21, 2010, and pleaded guilty on May 17, 2011.
In his plea agreement, Tapia admitted that on November 22, 2010, he possessed the
methamphetamine, which was sent to him from California. According to documents filed with
the court in this case, on November 20, 2010, a manager at the United Parcel Service’s (“UPS”)
sorting station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport notified law enforcement about a
suspicious package that had arrived from California. Authorities responded, and after a drugsniffing
dog positively alerted to the package, they applied for and received a search warrant to
open the package. Inside, they found 1.43 pounds of methamphetamine.
As a result, on November 22, investigators made a controlled delivery of the package to
Tapia at the St. Paul residence listed on the address label. About 15 minutes later, authorities
executed a search warrant at that residence. Tapia and another man attempted to flee out the back
door but were apprehended. The methamphetamine was found behind the washer and dryer.
Officers also discovered inside Tapia’s wallet a business card for the California company from
which the package was mailed.
This case was investigated by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Police
Department, the Ramsey County Drug Task Force, the St. Paul Police Department, and the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie E. Allyn.
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