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St Paul (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man who admitted being part of a large illegal drug organization has been given a long prison sentence.

The US Attorney’s office says 40-year-old John Netherton was sentenced Friday to 260 months in federal prison.  He pleaded guilty last September to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Olmsted County ADC photo

Netherton - also known as “Big John” and “Wicked One” - was one of several people named as suspects in the case.

The case included a major bust in Rochester in 2019.

According to court documents, from May 2019 through August 2019, Netherton coordinated and facilitated the delivery of methamphetamine from co-conspirator Miguel Zamora. Netherton also distributed methamphetamine to sub-distributors and collected funds from the sale of methamphetamine.

Miguel Zamora/Olmsted County ADC

Two others charged in the case were sentenced earlier. Jacob Paul Williams was sentenced to 180 months in prison and Zamora was sentenced to 120 years. 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.

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