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Sacramento man headed to prison for trafficking methamphetamine

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

Jose Mario Medrano, 36, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 21 years and 10 months in prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Medrano was a member of a Mexico-based drug trafficking organization that operated in California, Nevada and Illinois, and regularly distributed up to 40 pounds of methamphetamine on a monthly basis. The investigation resulted in seizure of more than 145 pounds of methamphetamine, extensive drug ledgers, numerous firearms, bullet-proof vests and more than $145,000 in cash, authorities said.

Medrano was arrested driving a car in which a woman and his 8-year-old daughter were passengers. Investigators searched Medrano’s vehicle and found 15 pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded 9 mm pistol inside two hidden compartments. Following Medrano’s arrest, investigators searched his Sacramento house and found more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $20,000 in cash, four firearms, ammunition, four ballistic vests, pay-owe sheets, packaging materials, scales and a money counter, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and the California Department of Justice.