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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Three Men Charged In Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

Law enforcement seized more than 67 pounds of methamphetamine, $30,000 in cash

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced an indictment charging HUMBERTO TORRES-RODRIGUEZ, 38, JOSE ALFREDO PENALOZA ROMERO, 22, and IRWIN ENRIQUE BECERRA, 22, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The defendants will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court at a later date.

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, on April 3, 2019, Colorado law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a California-plated vehicle. The driver, TORRES-RODRIGUEZ, consented to a search of the vehicle. Officers recovered more than 55 pounds of methamphetamine in a false compartment, or “trap,” inside the vehicle. The following day, TORRES-RODRIGUEZ made phone calls to ROMERO and BECERRA to coordinate the delivery and pickup of the methamphetamine in Minnesota. On April 5, 2019, law enforcement established surveillance at the defendants’ agreed-upon meeting location in Bloomington, Minnesota. The three defendants arrived at the meeting location and law enforcement observed BECERRA give TORRES-RODRIGUEZ money in exchange for the methamphetamine. All three defendants were taken into custody. Following the arrests, law enforcement executed a follow-up search warrant at ROMERO's residence in Minneapolis and recovered an additional sixteen (half-pound to pound) packages of methamphetamine and approximately $30,000 in U.S. currency.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team, and the St. Paul Police Department.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew R. Winter and Bradley M. Endicott.

 

Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     

HUMBERTO TORRES-RODRIGUEZ, 38

Los Angeles, Calif.

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count

 

JOSE ALFREDO PENALOZA ROMERO, 22

Minneapolis, Minn.

Charges:

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

 

IRWIN ENRIQUE BECERRA, 22

Kansas City, Mo.

Charges:

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

 

 

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 9, 2019