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Los Angeles man handed 25 years for trafficking methamphetamine into North Dakota

January 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Los Angeles man handed 25 years for trafficking methamphetamine into North Dakota Antonio Medrano Photo: Burleigh County Detention Center

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A U.S. district court judge has sentenced a Los Angeles man to federal prison time for trafficking methamphetamine in North Dakota.

According to a Justice Department press release, Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland handed 41-year-old Antonio Medrano a 25-year prison term last week.

Police in Bismarck arrested Medrano during a traffic stop in May 2015.

During the traffic stop, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered $4,800 in a ziplock bag along with a hotel key card.

U.S. Attorney Chris Myers says a subsequent search of the suspect’s hotel room uncovered methamphetamine, baggies, a vacuum sealer, heat sealer bags, dryer sheets, and digital scales.

Myers said Medrano was the target of an ongoing DEA investigation at the time of his arrest.

Medrano was convicted by a jury in July of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance; and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

In addition to the 25-year sentence, Medrano will remain on supervised release for 10 years once he completes his term of incarceration.

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