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Associated Press, Published May 27 2009

Jury convicts man in drug conspiracy

Jurors convicted a man Tuesday who was accused of leading a conspiracy to distribute drugs through a pipeline that stretched from Washington, California and Mexico to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Miguel Chavez was found guilty on a number of counts, including money laundering and continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Chavez’s attorney, Jeff Bredahl, said he plans to appeal. Chavez was among more than 20 suspects in the case known as Operation Paint by Numbers.

The jury verdict was returned early Tuesday afternoon. Jurors got his case late Friday but recessed for the weekend.

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