Grand Jury Returns Indictments
MINNEAPOLIS—A federal grand jury in the District of Minnesota, sitting in St. Paul, recently returned the following indictments. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation, and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Any sentence is determined by a federal district judge.
Mexican citizen charged with illegal re-entry into U.S.
Delfino Guadarrama-Miranda, age 57, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of illegally re-entering the United States after previously being deported subsequent to a conviction for a felony.
If convicted, Gutierrez-Garcia faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.
Three people charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana
Alexander Edward Heying, age 31, and Peter Gregory Heying, age 27, both of Minnetonka; and Acacia Lauren Ruiz, age 33, of Ukiah, California, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the marijuana count and 20 years on the money laundering count. This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, the West Metro Drug Task Force, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Hennepin Public Safety Department, and the police departments of Medina and Orono. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell.
Hastings felon charged with possessing firearms and ammunition
Samuel David Shoen, age 35, of Hastings, was charged with three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime.
If convicted, Shoen faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the methamphetamine count, a consecutive five years on the possession of a firearm during and in relation of a drug-trafficking crime count, and ten years on each of the remaining counts. This case is the result of an investigation by the St. Paul Police Department, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”). It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie E. Allyn and Bradley M. Endicott.