ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul man who pleaded guilty to helping coordinate an extensive drug-smuggling operation has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison.
Jesus Mendoza pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to distribute drugs and aiding money laundering.
Prosecutors say the 45-year-old arranged for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to be driven or flown to Minnesota from as far away as California. The U.S. Attorney's office says some of the proceeds were used to buy cars, property and an airplane.
A message left with Mendoza's defense attorney Tuesday was not immediately returned.
A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says nine other people have pleaded guilty to charges stemming to the drug operation, including Mendoza's wife.
- Local program helps entrepreneurs succeed
- UPDATE: Officer won't be charged in Holmen shooting
- Low unemployment creates 'employee market'
- The Latest: Judge won't drop charges against ex-UW student
- Baldwin supports pair of Trump nominees
- Onalaska mother, daughter charged with child neglect, animal mistreatment
- Assembly Republicans call for $300 million for roads
- New chronic wasting disease case found in central Minnesota
- Complaint leads to cross being removed from vets memorial
- Husband charged in connection to wife's death