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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Saint Paul Felon Sentenced To 94 Months In Prison For Heroin Distribution Conspiracy, Illegal Possession Of Firearms

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DWIGHT CADARIUS LABON, 32, to 94 months in prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and illegally possessing firearms. LABON, who pleaded guilty on August 27, 2019, was sentenced on December 9, 2019, before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from approximately December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2018, LABON conspired to buy and sell heroin to individuals throughout the Twin Cities. On August 27, 2018, law enforcement executed a search warrant on a vehicle and recovered a loaded Ruger SR9 semi-automatic pistol, which was later determined to have been stolen. LABON acquired the Ruger from one of his heroin customers, with the assistance of his co-Defendant.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on October 25, 2018, LABON entered the Chick N’ Chips restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. LABON dropped the loaded Smith & Wesson in a trash can before exiting the restaurant. LABON then met with one of his heroin customers and arranged for the customer to retrieve the Smith & Wesson in exchange for heroin. Because he has prior felony convictions in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, LABON is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Saint Paul Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime. This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samantha H. Bates and W. Anders Folk are prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:


St. Paul, Minn.


  • Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count
  • Felon in possession of firearms, 1 count


  • 94 months in prison
  • Four years of supervised release





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Updated December 10, 2019