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Federal jury convicts man in large drug bust

  • Associated Press
  • August 21, 2014 - 7:00 AM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal jury in Sioux Falls has convicted a Minnesota man in a drug case that authorities say involved large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Fifty-one-year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz was convicted last week on a drug conspiracy charge that carries a sentence of at least 10 years in prison. He's to be sentenced Nov. 3.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says that during a January search of Chavez-Cruz's home in Heron Lake, authorities found 4 pounds of crystal meth, 5 pounds of marijuana, firearms and ammunition, and $49,000 in cash under floorboards in the bedroom. Authorities say Chavez-Cruz was selling drugs to others, who distributed them in South Dakota and elsewhere.

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