Federal jury convicts man of conspiring to distribute meth from prison

A Stearns County man has been found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to distribute meth while incarcerated.

According to the Department of Justice, 39-year-old Robert Maloney Jr. was convicted last week of the charge.

Prosecutors say Maloney coordinated with people outside of prison to sell meth during the spring of 2019 by using jail calls.

Evidence presented at the trial included recordings of Maloney’s jail calls, which federal officials say showed Maloney directing, coordinating and arranging meetings, as well as discussing prices and quantities of meth.

A sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled as of this time.

Online court records show Maloney was previously convicted of second-degree assault, aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and making terroristic threats.