4 St. Paul men among 6 charged in marijuana scheme

  • Updated: December 17, 2009 - 10:58 PM

Four St. Paul men are among six indicted Thursday in federal court on charges of possessing more than 220 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The U.S. attorney's office said the four are Guillermo Villanueva-Garcia, 34; Miguel Angel Godinez-Chavez, 25; Jose Lopez, 27; and Alejandro Albarran Miranda, 24. They are charged with a count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

Two California men also are charged: Ramon Patino Garcia, 32, of Chula Vista, and David Sosa-Amaya, 20, of Los Angeles.

On Nov. 17, officers searched a home on the 1200 block of Sherburne Avenue in St. Paul, where they arrested five men, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit. Garcia, Godinez-Chavez and Villanueva-Garcia were found in a garage near a pickup truck and some machinery believed to have been used to help hide the marijuana as it was driven from California, the affidavit said.

Miranda and Lopez were found inside the house with the marijuana, two rolls of shrink wrap, four digital scales, rubber gloves and a firearm, according to affidavit.

Sosa-Amaya, accused of driving the drugs from California, was arrested at a Super 8 Motel in St. Paul, the affidavit said. In his room, $3,000 in cash was found under the mattress and another $1,000 in his wallet, according to affidavit.

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