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Head of drug trafficking operation in Butte County sentenced to prison

A man described by federal authorities as the leader of a Butte County methamphetamine trafficking organization has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Federico Sandoval Aguilar, 43, of Biggs, was sentenced Wednesday in Sacramento by U.S. District judge Kimberly J. Mueller for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents indicate that Aguilar was the head of a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing pound quantities of methamphetamine on a weekly basis in Butte County. Over a four-month period in 2013, Aguilar’s organization distributed more than 49 pounds of methamphetamine.

In August 2013, Aguilar was arrested at his residence, where law enforcement officers found 15 cell phones, five guns and $50,000 in cash concealed in a bathroom vent, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Butte County Probation Department, Butte County District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control, the Chico Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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