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The last of three people indicted last year after a Lancaster County sheriff's deputy found 30 pounds of methamphetamine in an Interstate 80 stop has gotten federal prison time.

U.S. District Judge Robert F. Rossiter Jr. sentenced Valeria Navarro-Martinez to two years and four months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In September, he sentenced Jose Lopez-Salazar to the same and Jose Manuel Zavala-Barron to eight years and a month.

A deputy stopped a black 2014 Chevy Malibu on April 5 for following too closely and got conflicting stories from the owner, Navarro-Martinez, and the driver, Lopez-Salazar.

Navarro-Martinez consented to a search, which turned up 23 packages of meth hidden in the doors, according to court records.

Investigators came to believe the men were being paid $8,000 to drive the meth from Mesa, Arizona, to Omaha, and to return with the proceeds.

They arrested Zavala-Barron in Omaha, where a search turned up two 1-pound packages of meth in a box on the floor of a garage and 7 pounds more in the Malibu's spare tire.



Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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