Moorhead Man Sentenced to Life in Prison on a Federal Drug Conspiracy Charge
FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 1, 2013, Raul Tovar of Moorhead, Minn., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson
on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute in excess of 500
grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
Judge Erickson sentenced Tovar to life imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of
supervised release. Tovar was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's
Tovar, 49, was found guilty by a 12-person jury on Jan. 22, 2013, of the conspiracy and
aiding and abetting charge. Judge Erickson presided over the five-day trial.
In December of 2011, Moorhead police officers were investigating a drug trafficking
organization in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Following an execution of a search warrant at the
AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Moorhead, agents arrested Jason Keller. Further investigation
revealed that Keller and others were obtaining drugs from Tovar.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Fargo and West
Fargo Police Departments, and Moorhead, Minn. Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris Myers and Megan A. Healy prosecuted the case.