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Second person pleads not guilty to transporting meth to Red Lake

BEMIDJI -- The second of three people arrested for attempting to transport methamphetamine from the Twin Cities to Red Lake has plead not guilty in Beltrami County Court.

Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, of Richfield, Minn., entered a not guilty plea Monday to first-degree conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Rodriguez was arrested in May along with Alex "Sparky" Dejesus-Zuniga, 18, of Richfield and Joseph Jacob "Jake" Thunder III, 47, of Redby.

The three were stopped by local law enforcement on U.S. Highway 71 south of Bemidji. All three individuals are charged with first-degree conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a $1,000,000 fine. Dejesus-Zuniga is also charged with giving a peace officer a false name with intent to obstruct justice, which adds another potential 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Thunder plead not guilty in June; he is scheduled for a pretrial hearing July 22. Dejesus-Zuniga has a scheduled court date Monday. Rodriguez is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Sept. 16.

Rodriguez, Thunder and Dejesus-Zuniga are currently being held in the Beltrami County Jail.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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