- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 48-year-old North Dakota man who was convicted of trafficking over 34 pounds of methamphetamine in Montana and North Dakota has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon sentenced Lloyd Nickel of Minot, North Dakota during a hearing in Butte on Monday.

Nickel was convicted on June 11 of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors allege Nickel purchased large amounts of methamphetamine from sources in California for distribution in Montana and North Dakota between June 2012 and January 2014.

Three co-conspirators - Margaret Silvia, Von Rackham and Leonard Ewalt - have been sentenced to between eight and 11 1/2 years in prison.

The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken.

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