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Moorhead Man Sentenced in Local Drug Conspiracy

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A Moorhead man will be spending 18 and a half years behind bars for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy. Juan Cerna, a 26-year-old Moorhead man was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R Erickson for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance. 

The conspiracy involved the transportation of kilogram quantities of methamphetamine from Texas that were distributed in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Co-conspirators also obtained large quantities of marijuana from the Minneapolis area and distributed them locally.

Judge Erickson sentenced two other people for their involvement in the conspiracy. Steven Schmidt, 35, of Fargo was sentenced to five years in the conspiracy, and Brandon Elsenpeter, 26, of Fargo was sentenced to three years' probation for his involvement.

All three men were ordered to pay $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund in addition to their sentence. Juan's brother, David Cerna Jr., pleaded guilty during trial and will be sentenced in April.


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