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Two St. Paul men plead guilty to assaulting a federal agent

WCCO Digital Headlines: Morning of August 4, 2023

WCCO Digital Headlines: Morning of August 4, 2023


ST. PAUL, Minor — Dion Miller, 27, and Aaron Maurice Admir Harris, 29, pleaded guilty to assaulting an undercover officer on Friday.

According to court documents, on March 30, 2023, police arranged for a controlled purchase of narcotics with the help of an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

The undercover agent planned to buy about 1,600 M30 fentanyl pills from Miller and Harris. According to court documents, the men had no intention of selling fentanyl to the undercover officer, but they did intend to rob the officer.

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After meeting at the arranged location in St. Paul, Miller and Harris invited the officer into their vehicle, according to court documents. During the transaction, Miller pulled out a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine and laser and aimed it at the officer’s face and torso.

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Court documents show that Miller and Harris repeatedly told the officer to give them money. The officer threw the money down and then got out of the vehicle. Miller and Harris fled the scene.

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Authorities tracked Miller and Harris to a residence in St. Paul, where they later surrendered.

According to court documents, officers recovered the semi-automatic pistol and $2,400 in cash taken from the undercover officer during the robbery.

Miller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to assault a federal law enforcement office on Aug. 1, and Harris pleaded guilty to one count of complicity in assaulting a federal law enforcement officer on Aug. 2.

Sentencing hearings are scheduled for a later date.

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