- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Phoenix man accused of leading an operation to move methamphetamine and heroin from Arizona to North Dakota has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Sergio Magdaleno pleaded guilty in November to three charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and continuing criminal enterprise.

Court documents show that Magdaleno was the supervisor of drug ring that involved at least five other people. Authorities say Magdaleno received “substantial income” from the drug sales. He was also convicted of money laundering.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 13 years in prison. Magdaleno’s court-appointed attorney asked for a sentence of about seven years.

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