Washington man convicted of trafficking meth and fentanyl in Hill County

(Great Falls) A federal jury on February 29th convicted a Washington man accused of trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl in communities in Hill County and on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

After a three-day trial that began on February 27th, a jury found the defendant, Antonio Ledesma Rodriguez, aka Uncle, 53, of Yakima, Washington, guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substance and distribution of fentanyl as charged in an indictment. Rodriguez faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release on each count.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for June 20th. Rodriguez was detained pending further proceedings.

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