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Charges: Cartel used Minnesota house for drugs, torture

ST. PAUL — A Mexican drug cartel had a “stash house” in St. Paul and, when drugs and money were stolen from it last month, people were kidnapped and tortured, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court.

A federal grand jury has been convened in the case, sources said, and charges could come this week.

The people who were kidnapped were later released. One man’s pinky finger was nearly severed, according to the charges filed last month in Ramsey County. A woman also told police she was taken to the stash house in the West Seventh neighborhood and then interrogated and raped, a search warrant affidavit said.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment Monday.

The Ramsey County criminal complaints filed against three men — Antonio Navarro, Jesus Ramirez and Jonatan Geranimo Delgado.

On Monday, Delgado’s attorney, Anthony Deutz, said his client, who lives in North Hollywood, Calif., “got caught up in this situation. He was actually fearful himself during this incident and he’s proclaiming his innocence.”

Navarro’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

Ramirez allegedly led Los Angeles police on an April 17 chase and was arrested in North Hollywood. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

A search of the Palace Avenue house turned up a handgun, scissors and about a pound of meth in a freezer, the complaint said.

Navarro, Delgado and Ramirez each were charged in Ramsey County with assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. They are all in custody.

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