News Release
December 16, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

St. Paul Man Sentenced for Distribution of Methamphetamine

DEC 16 -- (Minneapolis) A 32-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing the highly addictive and dangerous drug methamphetamine. On December 12, 2008 in Minneapolis, United States District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis sentenced Israel Garcia Rea to 46 months in prison and five years supervised release on one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 888 grams of methamphetamine.

Rea was indicted on August 4, 2008 and pleaded guilty on September 23, 2008. A joint law enforcement investigation revealed that Rea was a member of a methamphetamine distribution organization operating in Dakota and Ramsey counties. On July 2, 2008, officers arranged an undercover buy of 2 pounds of methamphetamine in Dakota County. A subsequent traffic stop of Rea by the police led to a K-9 officer alert at the driver’s door and the rear portion of Rea’s vehicle. Officers seized approximately 888.08 grams of methamphetamine from the rear cargo area, and arrested Rea. According to Rea’s plea agreement, he admitted he was in the process of delivering methamphetamine to a customer on July 2, 2008 when he was stopped by police prior to the sale and arrested.

This case was the result of an investigation by the DEA and the Dakota County Drug Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy E. Brasel.