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Sentencing in Southeast Minnesota Heroin Distribution Conspiracy Case

August 11, 2017 10:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) - An Albert Lea man has been sentenced in a federal drug case for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Prosecutors said Antonio Snell was the leader of the group that included four other men who all worked throughout southeast Minnesota.

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This week Snell was given 14 years in prison and 5 years of supervised probation.

ABC 6 News reported Thursday that his half-brother Melvin Hunter was given the same sentence for his involvement.

Prosecutors said the drugs they distributed lead to the overdose deaths of two Austin men, Tyler Burkey and Jordan Jensen.

Ryan Anderson and Jordan Flugum were both convicted and sentenced this past year for state manslaughter charges, after selling the heroin that killed those two men. According to court documents, Anderson said he was the middle man that provided Burkey with heroin he received from Hunter, the night of Burkey's death.

Court documents also said Flugum was used by Hunter as an intermediate, when Hunter exchanged heroin for a television. Flugum gave the heroin to Jensen, who overdosed that night.

In a plea agreement, Hunter admitted he, “…Knowingly and intentionally conspired with his co-defendants to distribute heroin."

Darrell Smith, of Rochester, was given seven years in prison and five years of supervised release.  Ernest Thomas, of Rochester, was sentenced to nearly 6 1/2 years in prison with five years of supervised probation. Randle Snell of Dolton, IL was sentenced to more than seven years in prison and five years of supervised release.


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