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Minneapolis man pleads guilty in case involving nearly 200 pounds of meth

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 24, to conspiring to distribute nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine, a record drug seizure in Minnesota.

Fernando Ramos-Meza, 34, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Ramos-Meza as well as his co-conspirators, Peter Martin, 34, Javier Lopez-Lopez, 47 and Juan Daniel Valdez-Mendoza, 24, all were indicted on drug-trafficking charges last November.

Per Ramos-Meza’s admission in court, officers with the Cannon River Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his home in North Minneapolis last September and found 191 pounds of meth as well as a 12-gauge sawed-off pump shotgun inside, authorities say.

The seizure is the largest of meth in the state’s history, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

“The quantities of methamphetamine coming into our state continue to rise and the destruction that comes with it cannot be understated,” U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said in a statement Wednesday. “I applaud the work of the Cannon River Drug Task Force in taking nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine off the street and out of our community.”

Ramos-Meza is expected to be sentenced Aug. 20.