Minnesota man sentenced to prison for distributing meth

St. Paul, Minnesota (KROC-AM News) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine and multiple firearm violations.

Prosecutors said 48-year-old John Juno of Friedley was inside a separate garage with two other people when law enforcement executed a search warrant at a home in Columbia Heights in February 2019.

Officers found three plastic bags containing more than 23 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine. The test that was then completed determined that Juno’s DNA was present on the bags.

Court documents said police executed another search warrant at Coon Rapids’ home in July 2019. Officers saw Juno trying to exit the house through a basement bedroom window. Juno dropped a bag outside the window containing a safe containing $6000 in cash and several empty plastic bags. Inside the house, officers found quantities of 99% pure methamphetamine.

Police also searched the garage on the property and found a Ruger, a .380 caliber pistol, a Ruger pistol, a .22 caliber pistol, two gauges, several empty plastic bags, and more than 40 grams of highly purified methamphetamine.

Juno has several previous criminal convictions in Anoka, Sherborne, Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

A Friedley man was convicted by a federal jury on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of methamphetamine possession, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug smuggling crime, and one count of illegal possession of firearms as a felony in April 2022.

Juno was sentenced Wednesday to 216 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

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