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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.

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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