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Final Defendant Pleads Guilty In Connection With The State's Largest Methamphetamine Seizure

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of PETER MARTIN, 35, for conspiring to distribute approximately 191 pounds of methamphetamine. MARTIN and co-conspirators FERNANDO RAMOS-MEZA, 34, JAVIER LOPEZ-LOPEZ, 47, and JUAN DANIEL VALDEZ-MENDOZA, 24, were indicted on November 7, 2018. MARTIN pleaded guilty today before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 14, 2020.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on September 11, 2018, law enforcement officers with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at RAMOS-MEZA’s residence in north Minneapolis. During the search of the residence, officers located several items of contraband, including a 12-gauge sawed-off pump shotgun, and approximately 191 pounds of methamphetamine (with packaging).

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Minneapolis Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney David P. Steinkamp is prosecuting the case. 

Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count



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Updated September 16, 2019

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