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Minneapolis Man Indicted On Fentanyl Distribution Charges

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging MOHAMED SALAH HUSSEIN, 25, with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. HUSSEIN was initially charged in a criminal complaint on February 13, 2020, and is currently in custody in the Sherburne County Jail pending further court proceedings.

According to the allegations in the indictment and documents filed in court, from November 2019 through February 11, 2020, HUSSEIN conspired with others to manufacture and distribute large amounts of fentanyl pills, known to buyers as “Mbox” pills. On February 11, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at HUSSEIN’s South Minneapolis townhome and recovered approximately 1,000 fentanyl pills and a total of $31,285 in cash. HUSSEIN was taken into custody.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Steinkamp and Justin Wesley are prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:

MOHAMED SALAH HUSSEIN, a/k/a “Cheese,” 25

Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, 2 counts





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 18, 2020

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