Four men guilty for reservation drug trafficking

A federal jury found four men guilty of trafficking drugs in and around the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Minnesota.

Pedro Zamora, Jorge Barragan, Ernesto Estrada III, and Florentino Castillo, were convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. All were said to be members of the Latin King Nation gang that operated on the reservation. Two other men pleaded guilty earlier this month.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa declared a state of emergency in 2002 after the gang-related murder. Since then, there have been more than 50 prosecutions and harsh prison sentences for gang members who traded in guns, drugs and violence.

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Four found guilty of transporting drugs to Indian reservation (AP 12/15)
Two more guilty pleas in Lac Courte Oreilles drug cases (AP 12/7)

Relevant Links:
LCO Tribal Community Website -

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