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Federal indictment handed down against 15 in drug cases

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that a federal grand jury indictment has been filed against 15 individuals, including two Red Lake residents, on charges of distributing cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy.

The indictment was originally filed under seal in U.S. District Court March 17. It was unsealed Monday, March 22.

The indictment charges the following:

The defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other and with other people, whose names are known and unknown to the grand jury, to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute in Minnesota five or more kilograms of cocaine; 500 or more grams of meth; 100 or more kilograms of marijuana; and 1,000 tablets of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, between January 2008 and March 2010.

Charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances are:

- Jeffrey Lee Dolson, 29, Red Lake.

- John Michael Jourdain, 43, Red Lake.

- Walter Ochoa, aka "Chewey," 40, Columbia Heights.

- Mykayla Marie Golden, 21, Columbia Heights.

- Gustavo Jimenez Conteras, 32, Columbia Heights.

- Jeremy Michael Mendoza, 33, Minneapolis.

- Shakeel Perfection Allah, 38, Minneapolis.

- Juan Manuel Maldonado, 35, Lakeville.

- Landis Hardley Benton, 33, Annandale.

- Adrian Hernandez, 23, Sauk Rapids.

- David Carbajal Jr. 41, St. Cloud.

- Ivan Aguirre, aka "Primo," 36, unknown address.

- Alexander Guevara, 21, Pomona, Calif.

- Ivan De Jesus Gonzalez, 27, Los Angeles, Calif.

- Alejandro Serrano Lopez, 24, Mexico.

If convicted, the 15 defendants each face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district judge.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Minneapolis Police Department, F.B.I., Minnesota State Patrol, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshal's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Schleicher.