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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

California Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison

FARGO - US Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on January 25, 2017, Francisco Torrez, 35, Carson, Cali., was sentenced before US District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Judge Erickson also sentenced Torrez to serve five years of supervised release, and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

On February 26, 2016, the North Dakota Highway Patrol pulled over a vehicle driven by Torrez near Mapleton, North Dakota. A search of Torrez’s vehicle by the North Dakota Highway Patrol uncovered 17.8 pounds of methamphetamine and a large sum of cash. Upon further investigation it was determined that Torrez was working as a courier transporting methamphetamine from Las Vegas to Minneapolis.

This case was investigated by the North Dakota Highway Patrol Department.

Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Puhl prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated January 25, 2017