A federal grand jury in Minneapolis indicted 11 people, including a Hennepin County corrections officer, on charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger announced Friday.
Luger's office said the case is the result of a two-year investigation by state and federal law enforcement agencies. According the indictment, from January 2012 through September 2014, the defendants conspired to possess and distribute methamphetamine.
Daniel Segura, Jr., 30, and Sage Ollerman, 24, both of Owatonna, are charged with distributing about 26 pounds of methamphetamine in Minnesota in March of this year.
Nine others are charged with conspiring to distribute smaller amounts of methamphetamine in Minnesota and elsewhere, according to the release. Nine of the 11 defendants are from Owatonna. One is from Rochester, Minn., and one is from Fresno, Calif.
The corrections officer, 26-year-old Ashley Mariakas of Owatonna, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Hennepin County spokesperson Carolyn Marinan said Mariakas has been employed at the county's Adult Correctional Facility in Plymouth since January.
As a county employee, Mariakas, who is still employed, is entitled to due process, Marinan said.
The complaint does not allege that Mariakas used her position in the commission of any crimes.
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