Richfield man pleads guilty to transporting meth to Red Lake
BEMIDJI -- A man from Richfield has plead guilty to charges in an attempted meth trafficking case.
Alex "Sparky" Dejesus-Zuniga, 18, plead guilty to felony first-degree conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and giving a peace officer a false name on Aug. 11 in Beltrami County Court. Dejesus-Zuniga was arrested in May with two other individuals while transporting 43 grams of methamphetamine in a Jeep headed from the Twin Cities to the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Dejesus-Zuniga plead not guilty to both charges in July.
First-degree conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a $1,000,000 fine. Giving a peace officer a false name with intent to obstruct justice adds another potential 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Dejesus-Zuniga is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 22.
Joseph "Jake" Thunder III, 47, of Redby and Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, of Richfield were arrested with Dejesus-Zuniga. Thunder plead guilty in July to one count of felony second-degree sale of methamphetamine. He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 25.
Rodriguez entered a not guilty plea in July. Rodriguez is charged with one count of felony first-degree sale of methamphetamine. A pre-trial for Rodriguez will be on Sept. 16.