A federal criminal complaint has been filed against four individuals for their involvement in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy, according to acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

Victor Carbello, 50, of Glendale; Carmelo Jerry D’Alessandro, 28, of Phoenix; Giovanni Luon D’Alessandro, 23, of Phoenix; and Taureen Curtis Jackson, 36, of Minneapolis, were charged with one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. All four defendants made their initial appearances Sept. 22 before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court.

According to court documents, on Sept. 19, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Carbello. After Carbello consented to a search of the vehicle, law enforcement located inside a secret compartment of the vehicle three brick-shaped packages weighing approximately 10 pounds. The powdery substance inside the packages tested positive for fentanyl. Law enforcement also located more than 10,000 pills, suspected to contain fentanyl.

On Sept. 21, law enforcement officers conducted a controlled delivery of the drugs to Carmelo and Giovanni D’Alessandro at a residence in New Hope, Minnesota. Once the delivery was completed, law enforcement arrested the four defendants and executed a search warrant on the residence. The search resulted in the seizure of several thousand dollars in cash, two firearms, and five pills containing suspected fentanyl.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hope Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Hollenhorst is prosecuting the case.