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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 8, 2010

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney
Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

3 Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

A St. Paul man and two California men were sentenced earlier today in federal court in Minneapolis for distributing approximately 223 grams of methamphetamine in January of 2009. United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced two of the three men on one count of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. James Joseph Kastelic, age 42, of St. Paul, was sentenced to 80 months in prison, and Octavio Camacho Vega, age 45, of Perris, California, was sentenced to 120 months. Jesus Felix de la Herran, age 39, of Thousand Palms, California, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Kastelic was indicted on May 19, 2009, and pleaded guilty on July 8, 2009. The other two were indicted on August 3, 2009. Herran pleaded guilty on February 26, 2010, and Vega pleaded guilty on March 30, 2010.

In his plea agreement, Kastelic admitted distributing 1.18 grams of methamphetamine on January 25, 2009. In addition, he admitted selling 111.87 grams of methamphetamine on January 26, 2009, and 111.36 grams of methamphetamine on January 28, 2009. All three lawenforcement controlled purchases occurred at Kastelic’s residence.

In their plea agreements, Herran and Vega admitted supplying Kastelic with the methamphetamine for the three transactions. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, Herran and Vega were temporarily staying in Kastelic’s basement. They were in the State to recruit couriers to transport methamphetamine from Arizona to Minnesota as well as to locate a stash house for the drugs.

Following today’s sentencings, Bernard J. Zapor, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) St. Paul Field Division, said, Teamwork has derailed a dangerous methamphetamine distribution network that originated in the Republic of Mexico and supplied the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, this is a continual fight to keep such enterprises from exploiting human compulsion and the violence associated with it.

This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Paul Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst.