- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the leader of a drug-trafficking network along the border with Mexico has been sentenced to life in prison and his two sons also received lengthy sentences for dealing crack and other illicit drugs.

Authorities say 40-year-old Adan Melendez was sentenced Thursday for leading the drug distribution ring from Laredo. He was previously convicted of numerous charges that included using minors in a drug operation.

Melendez’s two sons, one 22 years old and the other 21, also were sentenced Thursday to at least 12 years in prison. They had earlier been convicted of drug conspiracy and other charges.

Fifteen other people previously were sentenced for their roles in the drug network and prosecutors say 10 others are awaiting sentencing.

Authorities say Melendez profited about $1,200 a day from his operation.

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