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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

www.justice.gov/usao/mn

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 6, 2010

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611
jeanne.cooney@usdoj.gov

Nine indicted on charges related to crack cocaine trafficking

A federal indictment unsealed earlier today in St>. Paul alleges that nine individuals have
been charged with offenses related to a crack cocaine operation that functioned in Minnesota between November of 2009 and July of 2010. The indictment, which was filed on November 1, 2010, in St. Paul, was unsealed following the initial appearances of five of the defendants.

Derek Wayne Brown, age 41, and Lanesta Jean White, age 28, both of Minneapolis; Robert Brandon Cook, age 30, and Tiffany Tyeisha Dantzler, age 23, both of St. Paul; Leverette Cushawn Cargill, age 34, no address; and Carl Maurice Woodard, age 42, of Richfield, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Cook also was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition. In addition, Orlando Michael Jravha Walker, age 25, of St. Cloud, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition. Victor Cortez Shelton, age 23, of St. Cloud, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of ammunition. Shila Marie Robinson, age 31, of St. Cloud, was charged with one count of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that from November 20, 2009, to July of 2010, some of the defendants conspired with each other and others to possess with intent to distribute 28 or more grams of crack cocaine. It also alleges that on November 20, 2009, Cook possessed a ninemillimeter pistol. Because he is a felon, Cook is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Cook was convicted in Hennepin County in 2001 for thirddegree sale of narcotics.

In addition, the indictment alleges that on April 23, 2010, Shelton and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing a nine-millimeter pistol. Because they are felons, Shelton and Walker are prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Shelton was convicted in Stearns County in 2007 for second-degree assault, and Walker was convicted in Hennepin County in 2004 for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

It also alleges that on May 20, 2010, Cook and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing three rounds of .38 caliber bullets, and that on June 19, 2010, Robinson, Shelton, and Walker aided and abetted each other by possessing a 12-gauge shotgun. Because she too is a felon, Robinson is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Robinson was convicted in Stearns County in 2009 for damage to property.

If convicted, the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of 40 years in prison on the conspiracy charge and ten years on each of the other charges. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Minneapolis Police Department; the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; the St. Cloud Police Department; the Minnesota Department of Corrections; the St. Paul Police Department; the Minnesota State Patrol; the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office; the Benton County Sheriff’s Office; the Todd County Sheriff’s Office; the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office; the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office; the Little Falls Police Department; the Sartell Police Department; the Sauk Rapids Police Department; the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office; and the Waite Park Police Department. It is being prosecuted by
Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell.

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