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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Major Twin Cities Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

Alejandro Llamas-Delgado was one of the state’s biggest methamphetamine traffickers

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the sentencing of ALEJANDRO LLAMAS-DELGADO, 24, to 25 years in prison for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking-related offenses. On December 20, 2017, LLAMAS-DELGADO and his two coconspirators, GREGORIO RAMIREZ-MALDONADO, 28, and ERICK PARRA-SALAZAR, 24, were found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. RAMIREZ-MALDONADO was sentenced on April 30, 2018, to 63 months in prison; PARRA-SALAZAR is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court on May 11, 2018. In July 2017, codefendant COLIN BLAIR MCAFEE, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst stated, “Llamas-Delgado’s arrest and conviction played a significant role in disrupting a major drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in the State of Minnesota over a three-year period. The 25 year prison sentence imposed by the Court is a just consequence of this defendant’s crimes.”

As proven at trial, from 2014 through May 2017, LLAMAS-DELGADO led and operated a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting and distributing methamphetamine and cocaine from Texas and California into Minnesota. RAMIREZ-MALDONADO and PARRA-SALAZAR assisted LLAMAS-DELGADO by transporting approximately two kilograms of cocaine from Texas to the Twin Cities.

As proven at trial, in June 2014, law enforcement agents in California seized approximately 17 pounds of cocaine and 25 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in hidden compartments under the front seats of a 2005 Mini-Cooper that had been loaded onto a vehicle transport carrier destined for LLAMAS-DELGADO in the Twin Cities area. During the spring of 2017, law enforcement agents in the Twin Cities area conducted surveillance of LLAMAS-DELGADO and his coconspirators that revealed multiple residences linked to the conspiracy’s drug trafficking activities. On May 15, 2017, law enforcement agents conducted simultaneous searches of several residences, resulting in the seizure of more than $40,000 in cash, 28 pounds of marijuana, over 750 grams of cocaine, a firearm, and other drug trafficking paraphernalia.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Orono Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office (California), Albertville Police Department, Brooklyn Center Police Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the California Highway Patrol. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas M. Hollenhorst and Sarah E. Hudleston prosecuted this case.

 

Defendant Information:

ALEJANDRO LLAMAS-DELGADO, 24

Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 300 months in prison
  • Five years of supervised release

 

GREGORIO RAMIREZ-MALDONADO, 28

Houston, Texas

Convicted:

  • Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 63 months in prison
  • Four years of supervised release

 

ERICK PARRA-SALAZAR, 24

Houston, Texas

Convicted:

  • Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count

 

COLIN BLAIR MCAFEE, 47

Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 37 months in prison
  • Three years of supervised release

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 10, 2018