Former owner of Long Lake restaurant indicted on federal charges

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Aldo Escoto, the former owner of El Parian in Long Lake and two other Twin Cities restaurants of the same name, is facing 46 federal charges for drug trafficking and related charges, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed this week.

The indictment alleges that Escoto used the restaurants, also located in Eagan and Lakeville, to conduct a large-scale drug operation. According to the statement, the restaurants were used to store drugs, including methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana, launder money, and even occasionally conduct drug deals.

Further, the indictment says that Escoto knowledgeably employed undocumented workers to staff the restaurants, also paying them to assist in and keep quiet about the illicit activities occurring behind the scenes.

Escoto himself is wanted on these charges, and is currently at large. Two co-conspirators are also named in the indictment, which describes a drug operation with connections to Mexico and Central America.

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