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Ceres man tried to sell meth to undercover cop. His co-defendant gets prison sentence

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A man who conspired with a Ceres resident to sell $51,000 worth of methamphetamine has been sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison for the crime.

Oscar Ivan Salazar-Avalos, 29, of Mexico, was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Fresno, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. His co-defendant, Jose Manuel Sotelo-Mendoza, is scheduled to be sentenced May 20.

Federal prosecutors have said the defendants tried to sell 15 pounds of meth to an undercover investigator.

In late November, Salazar-Avalos pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth. Sotelo-Mendoza pleaded guilty to the same drug trafficking charge in late February.

Sotelo-Mendoza and Salazar-Avalos met a supply source in Los Angeles County to obtain the meth, according to prosecutors. The defendants then delivered the 15 pounds of meth to the undercover investigator in Delano.

Prosecutors said Salazar had negotiated to sell the meth for $3,400 per pound, for a total of $51,000.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, which includes investigators from federal Homeland Security, the California Highway Patrol, and other state and local agencies.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes news stories about criminal court cases in Stanislaus County for The Modesto Bee, issues related to immigration and immigrant communities and breaking news related to crime and public safety. From time to time, he covers the Modesto City Council meetings. He has worked as a news reporter in the Northern San Joaquin Valley since 2004.
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