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Speeding on I-5 leads to 11-year prison sentence for drug trafficking

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. also ordered 41-year-old Miguel Sotelo to pay a $25,000 fine for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

In April 2014, Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives spotted a Honda Accord speeding northbound on Interstate 5 near Twin Cities Road, according to court documents. Detectives stopped the car and spoke with the passenger, Sotelo, who told them that the car belonged to his wife, who was not in the vehicle.

Shortly afterward, a narcotic detection dog alerted officers to the rear left wheel well. Officers later found more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine stored in two bags in the car’s trunk. They also found $23,000 in cash.

Based on the amount of methamphetamine and currency found in the car, detectives executed a state search warrant at Sotelo’s business, Sotelo’s Tree Care. There they found about 266 grams of cocaine, a pistol and a digital scale, authorities said.

Sotelo has remained in custody since his arrest on April 9, 2014.

The case resulted from an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy