For methamphetamine trafficking and weapons crimes, a St. Paul man was sentenced last week to 13 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release.
According to the US District Attorney’s office, Chue Xiong, 39, of Brooklyn Center, and co-defendant Matthew Hines, 37, of Brooklyn Center, coordinated and facilitated the distribution of methamphetamine and collected the proceeds to send back to their supplier as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy.
In May 2020, police enforcement officers observed Xiong leaving Hines’ home with a brown bag. According to court filings, Xiong’s automobile was halted, and officials discovered around 1.4 kilograms of meth in the bag and another 614 grams of the narcotic in the pocket of the driver’s side door. Under the driver’s side floor mat, there’s a 9mm pistol.
Agents discovered an AR-223 caliber rifle, nine filled 223 magazines, two loaded Glock semi-automatic pistols, $7,691 in cash, and 643.9 grams of meth inside Xiong’s residence later.
On December 15, Hines will be sentenced.