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Rochester Man Sentenced to 260 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Rochester man was sentenced today to 260 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, from May 2019 through August 2019, John Willis Netherton, 40, was part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. As part of the conspiracy, the defendant coordinated and facilitated the delivery of methamphetamine from his co-conspirator Miguel Zamora. Netherton also distributed methamphetamine to sub-distributors. Netherton collected funds from the sale of methamphetamine, which in part were ultimately sent back to the defendant’s source of supply.

John Willis Netherton, also known as “Big John,” also known as “Wicked One,” pleaded guilty on September 4, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Previously on August 24, 2020, co-conspirator Jacob Paul Williams was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release. On August 28, 2020, co-conspirator Miguel Angel Cuevas Zamora was sentenced to 120 years imprisonment and two years of supervised release. Co-conspirators Joshua Alexander Sazo, Nicholas John Hanson, Jason Edwards Hoffman, Deja Lee Benton, Andrew Robert Berndt, and Kayleigh Rea Todd have all pleaded guilty and are pending sentencing.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced the defendant.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rochester Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter, Jr. is prosecuting the case.




Updated May 7, 2021

Drug Trafficking