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District of Minnesota

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rochester Felon Charged With Drug Distribution, Illegal Possession Of Firearms

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging RASHAD DARNELL NORWOOD, 38, with illegal possession of firearms and distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine. NORWOOD, who is currently in custody in Olmstead County on state charges, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

As alleged in the indictment, NORWOOD has three prior felony convictions, including drug possession in Dodge County and Ramsey County, and second-degree murder in Blue Earth County, which prohibit him from owning or possessing a firearm. NORWOOD was also charged with one count each of methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Rochester Police Department.

This case is being by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley M. Endicott.


Defendant Information:


Rochester, Minn.


  • Felon in possession of firearms, 1 count
  • Possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crime, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count
  • Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count




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

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