Arnulfo Arrellanes, 38, of Maricopa, has been sentenced to  five years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The conviction was the result of an undercover investigation by the Ak-Chin Police Department, the Gila River Police Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs beginning in 2008 and continuing through the spring of 2009.

The investigation targeted methamphetamine sales on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation.

During this operation, Arrellanes and Ruperto Lopez-Rodriguez, 65, sold a total of 34 grams of “actual” methamphetamine to an undercover police officer on five separate occasions.

“Actual” methamphetamine refers to the weight of the illegal controlled substance itself, the amount of pure methamphetamine,contained in the overall illegal mixture or substance sold.

Lopez-Rodriguez was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison earlier, in September, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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