In a case linked to a recent officer-involved fatal shooting of a woman in Oakdale, 22 people have been indicted in federal court in Minneapolis on charges of conspiring to bring large amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine to the Twin Cities for sale, authorities said Friday.
Most of those indicted in connection with the drug ring are from Minnesota. One is Scott Wayne Doree, 53, husband of Debra K. Doree, who was shot to death Sept. 3 as she tried to flee a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 94, dragging a trooper before he was able to reach his gun and shoot her. She had been pulled over just east of the Hwy. 120 exit in Washington County, near Landfall, a community of mobile homes on the east shore of Tanners Lake where she and her husband lived.
The indictments were filed four days after the shooting.
Trooper David Kalinoff had received information that Debra Doree might be transporting drugs before he stopped her, the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis said Friday. She had no criminal record, but Scott Doree has multiple criminal and traffic convictions in Pine, Ramsey and Dakota counties, including for drug possession and drunken driving.
Kalinoff saw a large amount of "a crystalline white substance," thought to be an illegal drug, in the car. As he was walking back to his squad car to get a consent form for her to sign for a search, she took off.
Kalinoff ran after her car, but his arm got hung up on the door, and he was dragged 200 feet down the freeway before managing to draw his gun and fire, federal authorities said Friday.
Debra Doree died a short time later at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Kalinoff was treated for injuries to his wrist, arm and knees and placed on standard administrative leave.
Lab tests of the substance found in the Dorees' car later confirmed the trooper's suspicion: The white substance turned out to be about 225 grams of methamphetamine.
The indictment charges Scott Doree, who was arrested Sept. 7, the day the indictments were filed, and 21 others with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine and 100 kilograms of marijuana.
The other arrests came during the past week in Minnesota and California. Four defendants still are being sought.
On Friday, 18 suspects made initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. All but two remain in federal custody.
The ring allegedly operated between January 2010 and this month to run drugs from California to Minnesota, then sell them in the Twin Cities.
The indictments, unsealed after the 18 defendants made federal court appearances, say the suspects conspired with each other and others.
Those indicted, in addition to Scott Doree: Adelaida Barragan-Sanchez, 28; Robert Alan Delforin, 54; Javier Hernandez-Coria, 23; Harold James Hurley, 55; Lawrence Joseph Martinez, 60; Todd Allen Mudgett, 42; Jose Rafael Oceguara, 28; Jacob Dwight Olmstead, 33; Judy Lynn Redhorn, 54, and Miguel Angel Sanchez-Rodriguez, 22, all of St. Paul.
Also indicted: Susana Barragan-Sanchez, 20, and Uriel Magana-Farias, 25, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; Duane Eugene Smith, 52, White Bear Lake; Jose Ramirez Valdovinos, 40, Roseville; Jesus Lopez-Vasquez, 25, Spring Lake Park; James Peter Jeanetta, 57, Little Canada; Erika Romero Montenegro, 30, Richmond, Calif., and Jose Barragan-Sanchez, 28, of rural California. Jose Barragan-Sanchez, Delforin, Mudgett and Magana-Farias remain at large.
Three people with no known addresses were indicted as well: Brian Robert Bibeau, 37; Jose Juan Gallardo-Hernandez, 24, and Juan Carols Ruiz-Meza, 28.
Doree was being held in the Sherburne County jail as of Friday night.
Joy Powell • 612-673-7750