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St. Cloud, MN, Woman Pleads Guilty to Leading a Major Dangerous Drug Distribution Enterprise from Mexico

The United States Attorney's Office District of North Dakota

FARGO – United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Da, announced that on March 13, 2023, Macalla Lee Knott a/k/a Kayla, age 30, from St. Cloud, MN, pled guilty in Federal Court in Fargo, ND, before Chief Judge Peter W. Welte, to the offenses of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Money Laundering Conspiracy and Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE). Sentencing is scheduled for August 7, 2023.

At the plea hearing, Knott admitted to supervising, managing, and leading more than five people in the enterprise. Knott, who had been living in Mexico since March of 2020, directed shipments of methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl to various distributors across the upper Midwest and arranged payments to sources of supply in Mexico.


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