St. Cloud, MN (Learfield Wire Services/TTWN Media Networks) -- One of the leaders of a large drug ring that transported methamphetamine to Minnesota is headed to prison for ten years.

Thirty-nine-year-old Hernando Nambo-Salas was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to import controlled substances across state borders into Minnesota. Co-defendant Francis Nambo-Chacon received a seven-year prison sentence last month.

Authorities in central Minnesota say they seized about 44 pounds of meth from dealers who delivered and sold multiple pounds on a routine basis during a three-year investigation. Nambo-Salas and Nambo-Chacon were considered to be among the ringleaders of the drug distribution network which originated in Mexico and brought meth from states including California, Colorado, Texas and Washington.

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