Brooklyn Park man among four sentenced in meth distribution case

Four individuals, including one Brooklyn Park man, were sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on June 28.
Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Booker announced the sentencing of four individuals for their role in a methamphetamine distribution ring. Miguel Rios-Quintero, 26, of Minneapolis, Hernesto Jesus Montes, 22, of Brooklyn Park, Erivan Argenix Gomez, 21, of Minneapolis, and Hannah Lee Dalton, 26, of Cass Lake, were all convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Rios-Quintero was sentenced to 108 months in prison with three years of supervised release. Montes was sentenced to 60 months in prison with three years of supervised release. Gomez and Dalton were both sentenced to 78 months in prison with three years of supervised release.
All four individuals pleaded guilty and were sentenced before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis in U.S. District Court.
According to their guilty pleas, in March 2016, all four defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine throughout the Leach Lake Indian Reservation and surrounding areas.
On March 8, 2016, law enforcement conducted simultaneous traffic stops on two vehicles traveling together from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. During the stop of both vehicles, which were occupied by Rios-Quintero, Montes and Gomez, law enforcement seized more than 1,400 grams of methamphetamine that had been tossed into a wooded area, approximately three and a half pounds of marijuana, and more than $5,000 in cash.
Law enforcement also executed a search warrant of Dalton’s residence on March 8. The search revealed an additional 452 grams of methamphetamine.
The investigation and case were the result of collaboration between the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Leech Lake Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.