64 pounds of meth seized in raid on high-rise Minneapolis apartment

The street value of the meth is likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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A raid on a high-rise apartment in downtown Minneapolis led to a huge haul of meth and the arrest of two men who have been charged with federal crimes.

Officers with the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team carried out the Saturday raid on the eighth-floor of The Churchill apartment building on South Marquette Avenue.

The luxury apartment complex overlooks the Mississippi River and, ironically, is situated across the street from the Minneapolis office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Arrested and charged after the raid were Gonzalo Jiminez-Paz Jr. and Rey David Luna-Santillanes, both 22, who are facing charges of conspiracy to distribute meth.

Officers seized 64 pounds of meth that were packed in two suitcases, according to the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office.

Given that the street price of meth can range from anywhere between $3,500 to $21,000 per pound – per Consumer Affairs – the value of the meth seized is likely several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

As well as meth, officers also found 3 pounds of heroin hidden in a shoebox, a bag containing unidentified blue pills, two loaded handguns, and a large amount of cash that was kept in a kitchen cupboard.

The raid was the result of an investigation by St. Paul Police, the Ramsey County VCET, the DEA, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the Star Tribune, an informant described Jiminez-Paz as being part of a Mexican drug trafficking organization that's distributing meth in Minnesota.

The newspaper also notes that the Churchill said that the suspects were living in an apartment that was being leased to someone else who passed a criminal background check.

The Churchill describes itself as an "elite address for those with a taste for luxury."

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