MINNEAPOLIS – Two St. Paul men have pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal law enforcement officer, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
According to court documents, on March 30, 2023, law enforcement arranged to conduct a controlled narcotics purchase using an undercover officer (UC), a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force Officer. The UC planned to purchase approximately 1,600 M30 fentanyl pills from Dion Darnell Miller, 27, and Aaron Maurice Admir Harris, 29. Instead, Miller and Harris planned to rob the UC. Later that day, Miller and Harris met the UC at a pre-determined location in St. Paul in a silver Volkswagen. They invited the UC to their vehicle. During the transaction, Miller drew a semi‐automatic handgun with an extended magazine and a laser and pointed it at the UC’s face and torso. Miller and Harris repeatedly told the UC to give up the money. The UC threw cash down inside the silver Volkswagen and got out of the vehicle. Miller and Harris fled the scene in the silver Volkswagen.
Other law enforcement officers followed Miller and Harris to a St. Paul residence where they both ultimately surrendered. Inside the residence, law enforcement recovered the loaded semi-automatic handgun as well as the $2,400 in cash taken from the UC during the robbery.
On August 1, 2023, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to assault a federal law enforcement officer. On August 2, 2023, Harris pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting assault upon a federal law enforcement officer. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled at a later date.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ramsey County Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the St. Paul Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter is prosecuting the case.