- Macrina Perez accused of working with Mexican drug lords to bring meth to Minnesota
- Investigators linked her to a raid on a Brooklyn Center stash house in May 2016
- Charged shortly after but her indictment was kept secret to protect informers
By Rory Tingle For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:30 EDT, 10 May 2018 | Updated: 12:15 EDT, 10 May 2018
Macrina Perez worked with brutal Mexican drug lords to move wholesale amounts of meth to the Twin Cities metro area, according to prosecutors. She is seen above in an undated mug shot
A mother-of-two, 25, has been accused of serving as 'CEO' of one of the biggest meth trafficking operations Minnesota has ever seen with its roots stretching across the border to cartels in Mexico.
Macrina Perez worked with Mexican drug lords to move wholesale amounts of meth to the Twin Cities metro area, according to prosecutors who charged her nearly two years ago but kept the indictment sealed to protect informers.
Investigators have been tracing the cell for three years, and identified Perez by tracing her to a haul of 140 pounds of meth seized at a Brooklyn Center stash house in May 2016, reported the Star Tribune.
Travel documents bearing Perez's name were found in the house, which was operated by local drug dealer Nicholas Nelson and a couple - Dolores Ludmilla Castillo and Francisco Silvestre - who are now all in prison after pleading guilty.
Agents also covered $130,000 in cash at the house and a gun that Perez, a Mexican-American, is said to have supplied Nelson to protect the stash.
Perez, working alongside her husband, organized vehicles to drop off 30- to 50-pound shipments at the house in an operation the DEA called 'very complex'.
She left for Mexico in 2014 after being questioned by cops over an alleged meth shipment to a hotel, before being arrested in April this year during a trip back into the US where she was picking up supplies for her family at a shop.
Assistant US Attorney David Steinkamp called Perez the 'CEO of the organization' and emphasized her links to organized crime in Mexico during her first court appearance this month.
'Ms. Perez is as connected to Mexican drug cartels based on this evidence as anyone I have ever prosecuted, and it's somewhat remarkable,' he said.
Investigators have been tracing the cell for three years, and identified Perez by tracing her to a haul of 140 pounds of meth (pic) seized at a Brooklyn Center stash house in May 2016
Steinkamp is urging a judge to reject pleas from the defense to allow Perez to await her trial at home under GPS monitoring .
'I submit to you that we will never see her again if you release her, even to a halfway house,' he said.
Defense attorney Gary Wolf insisted Perez did not pose a flight risk and was intent on 'fighting the case out'.