Forum staff reports, Published March 20 2014
Moorhead husband and wife each sentenced to 18 years in drug trafficking conspiracyFARGO – A Moorhead husband and wife were each ordered Thursday to serve 18 years in prison for their roles in a methamphetamine ring.
Al Owen Johnson, 45, and Cassandra Anne Kasowski, 39, both pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. Along with prison time, they must serve five years of supervised release.
The conspiracy involved transporting kilos of meth from Texas and selling them in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The couple’s co-conspirators also acquired large amounts of marijuana in the Minneapolis area and sold the drugs locally, authorities said.
Five other members of the ring were already sentenced. Juan Cerna was ordered to spend 18½ years in prison. Steven Schmidt received a five-year prison sentence. Brandon Elsenpeter and Jonathan Lewis each must serve three years of supervised probation, and Allison Hunter was given two years of supervised probation.
David Cerna Jr. has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced April 14.