Minnesota man sentenced to prison for distributing methamphetamine


St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for methamphetamine distribution and multiple gun violations.

Prosecutors said John Juneau, 48, of Fridley, was in a detached garage with two other people when law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence in Columbia Heights in February 2019.

Officers found three plastic bags containing more than 23 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine. Subsequent tests determined that Juneu’s DNA was present on the bags.

Court documents say police executed another search warrant at a Coon Rapids residence in July 2019. Officers saw Juneau trying to exit the home through a basement bedroom window. Juneau dropped a bag outside the window that contained a safe containing $6,000 in cash and numerous empty plastic bags. Inside the residence, officers found quantities of 99% pure methamphetamine.

Police also searched the garage on the property and found a Ruger, a .380 caliber pistol, a Ruger, a .22 caliber pistol, two scales, several empty plastic bags and over 40 grams of methamphetamine from high purity.

Juneau has multiple prior felony convictions in Anoka, Sherburne, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties, and is prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms or ammunition at any time.

The Fridley man was convicted by a federal jury of one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of firearms in connection with of a felony of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of firearms as a felon in April 2022.

Juneau was sentenced Wednesday to 216 months in prison followed by five years of probation.

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