Fugitive Deanna Marie Gerads Pleads Guilty in Fargo Federal Court


Deanna Marie Gerads, 33, appeared in federal court in Fargo on March 26, 2024, and pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances before Chief District Court Judge Peter D. Welte, according to United States Attorney Mac Schneider of the District of North Dakota. Gerads’ sentencing is planned for July 2 at 9:00 a.m.

On August 1, 2023, Mexican immigration agents captured Gerads and deported him from Mexico. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was essential in providing information that led to the arrest of Gerads, who had been a fugitive for over a year.

This case is part of “Operation Unfinished Business II,” an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into international trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl.

This case is being investigated by the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force (CMVOTF), Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Cloud Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Sartell Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Internal Revenue Service – CID, Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Police Department, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher C. Myers and Alex Stock of the District of North Dakota are prosecuting these charges.

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