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Charges: Man caught with 170 pounds of fentanyl, meth, cocaine on return trip from Mexico to Minnesota

Minnesota state troopers uncovered a more-than-170-pound drug cache that included fentanyl powder, methamphetamine and cocaine when they stopped a man on his drive back from Mexico, according to new federal charges unsealed this week.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Rito Gaxiola Jr., on one count of possession with intent to distribute those controlled substances - which also included more than 39,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills suspected to contain fentanyl.

Gaxiola, 40, a Minnesota resident, was first charged in a sealed criminal complaint in October 2022, days after law enforcement found the narcotics in his 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee as he re-entered the state. A federal magistrate judge unsealed the case Wednesday at the request of prosecutors. Gaxiola does not yet have an attorney listed as representing him. According to court records, Gaxiola was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, and is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service there to be transferred to Minnesota to face charges.

https://www.startribune.com/man-caught-with-170-pounds-of-fentanyl-meth-cocaine-on-return-trip-from-mexico-to-minnesota/600347164/

 

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