MINNEAPOLIS - A Hennepin County District Court judge sentenced a 37-year-old man to a 30-year prison sentence Tuesday. That sentence is a state record for a drug crime.
Pedro Ayala-Leyva, who was known as Peli, had been convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree controlled substance crime.
Prosecutors say the case involved smuggling meth from California to Ayala-Leyva's stash house in Brooklyn Park and another in Cottage Grove. The drugs were then distributed through their network, which extended into St. Paul, St. Cloud and Eau Claire, Wis.
Prosecutors say Ayala-Levy was associated with the La Familia Michoacana Mexican drug cartel. Investigators used wiretaps and surveillance to build the case and seized 16 pounds of meth, worth more than $500,000.
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