- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A judge in southern Oregon has sentenced a 25-year-old man to five years in prison after Oregon State Police seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine from a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says the seized drugs had a street value of more than $1.1 million.

Jeronimo Novoa-Leal was sentenced Wednesday in Circuit Court. He pleaded no contest to meth delivery and possession. The district attorney says after a fake Social Security card was found in the vehicle stopped on U.S. Highway 97 on Oct. 12, 2013, troopers got written consent to search and a drug dog found the meth. Patridge says Novoa-Leal’s fingerprints were found on the packaging.

The man will likely be deported to Mexico after serving his sentence.

Regarding the sentence, the district attorney said, in his words, “If you are going to use Oregon to traffick drugs, we’re not just going to turn you around and send you back home to Mexico on a one-way ticket.”

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