Alejandro Mendez, who was known to law enforcement as “the main source of methamphetamine” in western Minne≠sota and eastern South Dakota, was sentenced on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo.

Alejandro Mendez, who was known to law enforcement as “the main source of methamphetamine” in western Minne­sota and eastern South Dakota, was sentenced on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo.

 

Mendez will serve 57 months in prison, with credit for 152 days already served.

 

On Oct. 6, Mendez pleaded guilty to second-degree felony drug possession and suspected sale of 1.75 pounds of meth. As part of a plea agreement, a charge of first-degree drug sale was dismissed.

 

On June 22, Mendez was a passenger in a car that was stopped by law enforcement for a minor traffic violation. A search of the vehicle discovered meth, a scale, and a large amount of cash. Mendez was arrested and transported to the Kandiyohi County jail in Willmar.

 

While being detained at the jail, Mendez made several phone calls, one of which went to an individual in Texas. Mendez reportedly told the individual that there was a large amount of money in his apartment and asked that someone should retrieve all his “clothes” from the apartment.

 

An investigator who monitored the call suspected that “clothes” meant methamphetamine.

That same day, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Mendez’s residence in Granite Falls. Authorities found six bags of meth totaling 1.75 pounds.

 

During jail interviews, Mendez told authorities that he recently had moved from Texas to west central Minnesota (Granite Falls) because of a friend whom he called Flako.

 

Investigators knew that “Flako” was an alias used by Jose Trevino, 25, of Cotton­wood. Trevino is in custody as a result of a large drug bust in May of this year.

 

On Nov. 14, Trevino was sentenced to 104 months in prison after pleading guilty on Oct. 4 to felony first-degree drug possession and felony gun possession charges.

 

According to the criminal complaint against Mendez, the Mexico-based group that Trevino worked for had sent Mendez to run Trevino’s drug distribution network after Trevino was arrested.

 

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