5 Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine on Iron Range

By KBJR News 1

5 Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine on Iron Range

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM CDT

Minneapolis (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Four men and one woman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine in northern Minnesota Tuesday in a Duluth federal court.

Antonio Chaves Aguirre, Jr., 30; David Michael Cook, 38, and Trish Nicole Cullen, 28, both residents of Hibbing; David Richard DeKing, 55, a resident of Carlton; and Shad Daniel O'Neil, 34, a resident of Grand Rapids were indicted on February 14, 2012.

The defendants admitted that between the spring of 2011 and January 26, 2012, they distributed methamphetamine, which they received from various sources.

On August 23, 2011, O'Neil was stopped by police in Chisholm and seized almost four grams of methamphetamine, $1,125 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

During an execution of a search warrant on November 8, 2011 at O'Neil's Nashwauk home, officers recovered a .22-caliber revolver.

O'Neil admitted that he had distributed more than five kilograms of methamphetamine and had obtained firearms in connection to his drug-trafficking activities.

Police seized approximately one pound of methamphetamine on January 3, 2012 from Deking at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton.

Police seized a pound of methamphetamine from Deking's home in Centuria, Wisconsin on January 26, 2012.

November 17, 2011 police seized 8.6 grams of methamphetamine from Cullen's home and $17,110 from his safe deposit box.

Cook was arrested on November 4, 2011 when officers found approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine on him.

Aguirre, Cook, Deking and O'Neil face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison, while Cullen potentially faces a maximum penalty of 20 years.

Their future hearings have not been scheduled.

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