ST. PAUL, Minn. – Five people have been sentenced to federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine that was shipped through the mail from California to Minnesota.
According to court documents, between the fall of 2021 and the summer of 2022, four people from Austin and Albert Lea, Minnesota and 44-year-old Michael Ortiz of San Jose, California engaged in a conspiracy to traffic drugs. Ortiz would send packages of high purity meth to the other conspirators to distribute throughout the southern Minnesota area.
All five defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The sentences ranged from 8 to 15 years in prison.