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Twin Cities Man Draws 240 Month Sentence for Role in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

February 27, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Feb. 27, 2012, Fraenchot Deon Banks, from Brooklyn Park, Minn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 240 months in prison for his role in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy operating in North Dakota and Minnesota in 2010. Banks was convicted after a three day jury trial ending on Nov. 10, 2011.

The investigation started in Grand Forks, N.D., with a search warrant at the residence of Scott Razmlysowski and Joshua Hulst on Dec. 10, 2010. Found during the search was approximately one pound of cocaine, firearms, over $18,000 in cash and other items associated with drug trafficking.

On Dec. 16, 2010, officers of the St. Paul Police Department and Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department conducted a “reverse sting” at a St. Paul hotel where agents posed as drug traffickers and received $42,000 for three kilograms of cocaine. Banks and Isidero Alvarado were immediately arrested after receiving the three kilograms of cocaine.

A historical investigation was jointly conducted by agents in North Dakota and Minnesota which tied these incidents together and revealed a larger conspiracy which involved over five kilograms of cocaine and the presence of additional co-conspirators.

To date, defendants that have been sentenced in this case on drug conspiracy, firearm and witness retaliation charges connected to this investigation include:

  • Isidero Alvarado - Crystal City, Texas
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances - 240 months

  • Joshua Allen Hulst - Grand Forks, N.D.
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and
      Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance -150 months

  • Scott Steven Razmlysowski - Grand Forks, N.D.
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and
      Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance - 72 months

  • Manuel Cuevas-Alonso - Cupuan Del-Rio, Mexico
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances - 72 months

  • Frank Dwaine Kurz - Fargo, N.D.
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and
      Retaliating against a Witness - 48 months

This investigation was lead by Homeland Security Investigations - Grand Forks. Local and state agencies assisting with the investigation were the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Grand Forks Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force (Northwest Minnesota), East Grand Forks Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Polk County Attorney’s Office and the Grand Forks County State’s Attorneys Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers prosecuted the cases.


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