Burnsville Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Selling Methamphetamine out of Hotel Rooms

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Burnsville man has been sentenced to 240 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for dealing methamphetamine out of hotel rooms in the Twin Cities. U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright sentenced the defendant.

According to court documents, in the summer of 2020, law enforcement determined that Eric Michael Dungy, 50, was selling methamphetamine out of hotel rooms in the Twin Cities metro area. On September 30, 2020, law enforcement encountered Dungy in the Element Hotel parking lot in Bloomington. Agents arrested Dungy and found heroin and $16,621 in cash on his person. Agents conducted a search of Dungy’s vehicle and recovered 364 grams of methamphetamine, three methamphetamine pipes, needles, gallon Ziploc bags with methamphetamine residue on them, an electronic money counter, and a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun. On October 3, 2020, law enforcement searched Dungy’s unoccupied hotel room and found 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine and other personal effects belonging to Dungy.

According to court documents, after obtaining release on bail from the Hennepin County Jail in November 2020, Dungy was again investigated for methamphetamine distribution and by December 14, 2020, he agreed to sell three pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover officer for $15,000. On the same day, law enforcement searched two adjacent rooms he rented at the Country Inn & Suites in Bloomington, and recovered approximately 6.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 13.5 grams of heroin, three digital scales, multiple small Ziplock bags, eleven phones, and $12,286 in cash.

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On October 18, 2021, Dungy pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, the St. Paul Police Department, the Edina Police Department, with assistance from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter, Jr.