- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Six defendants in a northwest Arkansas drug-trafficking case have been sentenced to federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said Thursday that the defendants were charged in a seven-count indictment handed up in July.

A 27-year-old Mexican national, Ivan Jiminez, was sentenced to 24 years, 4 months, in prison for allegedly arranging the delivery of two pounds of methamphetamine. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say Jiminez was the leader of a ring that distributed more than 120 pounds of methamphetamine to western Arkansas.

The other five defendants drew prison sentences ranging from 20 years to three years, one month, for convictions on distribution or conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation began in 2011.

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