- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in a drug ring that brought more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana in a single day to North Carolina’s largest city.

Carlos Edgar Sandoval-Uriel, 31, was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier to drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy charges, The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/WaERFr) reported.

U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney also ordered Sandoval-Uriel to serve five years of supervised release after he finishes the prison sentence.

Prosecutors said Sandoval-Uriel and those working with him smuggled drugs into the area from Mexico for about four years before their arrests in 2012.

Prosecutors said the drug had a street value of $2.5 million.

Investigators said they found cocaine and about $193,000 in cash in searches.

The other 11 defendants who have been convicted were given sentences ranging from 15 years in prison to probation and time already served.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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