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California man sentenced for trying to distribute meth, heroin in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 35-year-old Stockton, California, man will spend 16 years in a federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to distributing methamphetamine and heroin in Alaska.

The U.S. attorney's office says Ernie Benny Juarez Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Prosecutors say he flew from Stockton to Anchorage in October, and then picked up drugs that co-conspirators had shipped to him.

Authorities say the amount of drugs included 385 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of meth.

The sentence was enhanced because of his previous felony convictions, including on drug charges in California.

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