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A judge sentenced a 41-year-old Lincoln man to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday for conspiring to sell methamphetamine in the area.

U.S. District Judge John Gerrard gave Chaz Santangelo the prison time, plus five years of supervised release.

Santangelo had pleaded guilty to the indictment, which started with a tip to law enforcement.

In a probable cause affidavit for his arrest, investigators with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force said they received information that Santangelo was staying at a north Lincoln hotel and had dealer amounts of meth and possibly a gun.

Officers watching the area found him at about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 2016, riding in a pickup. They stopped the truck when the driver didn't signal her turn.

During the stop, Santangelo told them he had an ounce of meth and a gun hidden in another vehicle, prosecutors say. Officers found the meth, a loaded Springfield XD9 handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.

Santangelo admitted he had been selling meth since he got out of prison about two years earlier.

Federal prosecutors said he was responsible for the distribution of between 1.5 kilos and 5 kilos of methamphetamine in the Lincoln area.



Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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