Minnesota Man Gets 20 Years in Kansas Cocaine Bust

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A Minnesota man convicted in one of the largest-ever cocaine seizures in Kansas has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City, Kan., Friday said 28-year-old Nestor Ramirez of New Brighton, Minn., was sentenced to 19 years, seven months. Ramirez was convicted in August of one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

In October 2007, a Franklin County sheriff's deputy arrested Ramirez and co-defendant Manuel Barraza-Martinez -- who was convicted of the same charges -- on Interstate 35. More than 540 pounds of cocaine was found in an electronically operated hidden compartment in the pair's cargo truck.

Barraza-Martinez of Richfield, Minn., in October was sentenced to 13 years, five months in prison.

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