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Suspect in meth conspiracy gets 27 years in prison

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The last of three family members from California accused of supplying methamphetamine to buyers in North Dakota and Minnesota has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

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Henry Paredez Jr., of Bakersfield, Calif., also was ordered to forfeit $25,000 in cash during the Monday sentencing in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Paredez, his wife, Ariana Paredez, and father, Henry Paredez Sr., were charged in an investigation that federal prosecutors dubbed "Operation Price is Right." Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim says the organization moved about 6 pounds of meth from the Bakersfield and Minneapolis-St. Paul areas into the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Nine other defendants have been sentenced, including the other two members of the Paredez family. Ariana Paredez got two years in prison and Henry Paradez Sr. nine months behind bars.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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