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Man gets nearly 20 years in prison

Staff reports • Jan 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

GREENEVILLE — A Limestone man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to serve 19 years and seven months in a federal prison for his leadership role in trafficking methamphetamine.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Arnoldo Ayala Guevara Cazarez, 49, pleaded guilty June 5 to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Guevara, his brother, Jose Cruz Guevara, and his nephew, Habraham Enrique Guevara, conspired to bring four pounds of high-quality Mexican methamphetamine from Oklahoma City to sell in Upper East Tennessee, the release said. All four pounds were found at the Guevara family home in Limestone. One pound was 92.9 percent pure and qualified as meth ice.

Arnoldo Guevara was the main source of supply for the meth, the release said. He set the price and directed the activities of others with regard to the transportation and delivery of the meth. The investigation resulted in the conviction of six individuals, all natives of Sinaloa, Mexico, who were illegally in the United States.

Habraham Enrique Guevara was previously sentenced to seven years in prison for his role as a translator, lookout and transporter in the conspiracy. Jose Cruz Guevara is set for sentencing March 4.

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