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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

December 6, 2011

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

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

St. Paul Felon Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm and Possessing With Intent to Distribute Ecstasy and Marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS – Yesterday in federal court, a 38-year-old St. Paul felon was sentenced for possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and the semi-synthetic psychedelic drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Samuel Lamont Seals to 82 months in prison on one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and MDMA, along with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Seals was indicted on January 19, 2011, and pleaded guilty on May 2, 2011.

In his plea agreement, Seals admitted that on June 23, 2010, during the execution of a search warrant at his residence, police found 361 tablets of ecstasy, 316 grams of marijuana, and a digital scale. They also recovered a .40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition and a separate magazine containing another 11 rounds of ammunition. Police saw Seals flee the residence in a vehicle. He was arrested following a high-speed chase.

Because he is a felon, Seals is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. His prior Ramsey County convictions include second-degree burglary (1992), fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance (1993), dangerous discharge of a firearm (1993), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (1997). Seals also was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Dakota County (2003) and introducing contraband into prison in Chisago County (2005).

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