Charges: Suspects shipped cocaine, pot into MN via FedEx, USPS

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The package arrived at the FedEx Office store in Eden Prairie on June 20, 2014. It had come from 1,500 miles away in San Diego – and inside was a kilogram of cocaine.

That's according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which on Thursday announced seven people have been indicted on charges they trafficked cocaine and marijuana from California into Minnesota via FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

According to the release, the operation lasted from Dec. 2012 through April 2, 2015, and was managed partly by Anthony Curtis Harris, a 33-year-old from San Diego.

The charges say Harris made multiple trips from Minnesota to San Diego and Phoenix, obtaining drugs and arranging for them to be shipped to Minnesota.

Six others, all from Minnesota, were also involved and indicted. Each faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana; some also face money laundering and intent to distribute charges.

In addition to the June 2014 incident, the U.S. Attorney's Office says in December of 2013, law enforcement intercepted a package with nearly 25 pounds of marijuana, sent via FedEx to Maplewood.

In total, hundreds of packages containing a total of more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana were shipped through USPS and multiple FedEx accounts linked to Harris, the charges say.

There was also a money laundering scheme, the charges say, totaling more than $1.2 million in cash that was deposited in Minnesota through accounts linked to Harris, then quickly withdrawn in California.

The St. Paul Police Department worked with a handful of federal agencies for the investigation.

The suspects and charges

Anthony Curtis Harris, 33 – San Diego

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, 1 count

Kevin Terrell Brown, 38 – Eagan

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, 1 count

Toussaint David Starks, 46 – Bloomington

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, 1 count

Lopez Morris Walters, 33 – New Brighton

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count

Simon Lee Mason, 33 – St. Paul

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, 1 count

Donald Bernard Williams Jr., 26 – Inver Grove Heights

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine, 1 count

Darion Scott Estis, 33 – Shoreview

  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, 1 count

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