The second of two men indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine in Minneapolis has pled guilty, the U. S. Attorney's Office said.
Mario Maya-Villa, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine.
Dino Cruz-Cruz, 27, pleaded guilty to the same count Aug. 1.
According to a Minneapolis Police affidavit, authorities received information that Cruz-Cruz was importing and selling large quantities of cocaine in Minneapolis. On May 12, police arranged a "controlled buy" from Cruz-Cruz in a Target parking lot.
Cruz-Cruz entered a vehicle where he made an agreement with the occupant to return later to exchange $25,000 for 1 kilogram of cocaine. After Cruz-Cruz left the vehicle, he and Maya-Villa went to a south Minneapolis apartment building. They later drove to a car wash to complete the transaction discussed in the Target parking lot, the complaint said.
Police arrested the two and recovered about 1 kilogram of cocaine in a shoe box. A search of their apartment found scales, knives, a vacuum sealer and other items commonly used for cutting and packaging cocaine. They also found a semi-automatic pistol and 5 ounces of cocaine packaged in 1-ounce quantities, the indictment said.
The men face a maximum penalty of 40 years in jail. Their sentences will be handed down at a future date, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.