RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A 30-year-old California man convicted of federal drug trafficking charges tied to a methamphetamine ring in Reno has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Antonio Casares-Cuevas of San Jose pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams of meth.
Four co-defendants pleaded guilty earlier to similar charges with prison terms ranging from three to 10 years.
U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden says a confidential source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration bought more than five ounces of meth from the drug dealers in Reno three times last year.
Federal agents tapped one suspect's cellphone and followed him to a drug deal in Sacramento where California troopers apprehended him last April on Highway 99 near the Sacramento and San Joaquin county line.