Stephen Montemayor | Star Tribune
Reporter | U.S. District Court and federal agencies

Stephen Montemayor covers federal court and law enforcement in Minnesota. He has broken stories on terrorism recruitment and domestic extremism and has also reported extensively on how Mexican drug cartels have designated the Twin Cities as a key hub for methamphetamine trafficking in the Upper Midwest.

A native of Kansas City, Montemayor lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and enjoys camping, travel and a good beer.


Illinois militia members accused in Bloomington mosque bombing to be tried in Minnesota

Defendant sat feet away from Dar Al-Farooq's director.


Massive Thai sex trafficking case in the hands of St. Paul federal jury

Trial of 5 remaining defendants began Nov. 5.


Mall of America, U.S. presidents among long list of bomb threats in one man's yearlong campaign

FBI traced source of scores of menacing missives.


Expectations high for Somalis in Minnesota after U.S. re-establishes permanent diplomatic ties

The U.S. hasn't had an embassy in Somalia for 27 years.


Richfield man who sought 'suicide by cop' after stealing cab sentenced to federal prison

Mario Luis Jones was later arrested without injury days after crashing stolen cab in high-speed chase.


Feds charge postal employee accused of firing into Minneapolis Federal Reserve building

Previous charges describe "End the Fed" literature found in home of Christopher Douglas Wood in August.


Crime on tribal lands gets closer scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Minnesota

It's against a backdrop of criticism in recent years over the federal response to crimes on tribal land.


Appeals court: Jury should decide lawsuit against Woodbury police who killed man in 2012 hostage encounter

Police shot unarmed 19-year-old 12 times after he fled a party held hostage by a gunman.


FBI announces $3 million reward for help finding Iranian who sourced IED parts from Minnesota

Armed forces found numerous roadside bombs made using parts illegally sourced from Minnesota.


Thai trafficking victim tells Minnesota jury she had to treat sex buyers like 'my personal god'

Five are standing trial in St. Paul in sprawling international sex trafficking case.