For Immediate Release
Federal Jury Convicts Fridley Felon for Selling Methamphetamine, Illegal Possession of Firearms
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal jury convicted a Fridley man of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegal possession of firearms as a felon, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
Following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, John Edward Juneau, 48, was convicted yesterday of one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count of illegally possessing firearms as a felon. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on February 1, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence in Columbia Heights. Officers encountered Juneau and two other people inside a detached garage. As a result of the search, officers found three plastic baggies containing more than 23 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine. Subsequent testing determined that Juneau’s DNA was present on the baggies.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on July 9, 2019, police executed a search warrant at a Coon Rapids residence. Officers saw Juneau trying to exit the residence through a basement bedroom window of the residence. Juneau dropped a bag outside the window that contained, among other things, a safe containing $6,000 in cash and numerous empty plastic baggies. Inside the residence, officers found quantities of 99% pure methamphetamine. The police also searched the garage located on the property and found a Ruger, .380 caliber pistol, a Ruger, .22 caliber pistol, two scales, several empty plastic baggies, and more than 40 grams of high purity methamphetamine.
Because Juneau has multiple prior felony convictions in Anoka, Sherburne, Hennepin, and Ramsey Counties, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force.
This case was tried by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Dunne and Harry Jacobs.