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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 02/11/2011

6 yrs. for drug-related export deals

By Dana Hedgpeth

A Houston man was sentenced to six years in prison Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for brokering deals to export tablets used in cold medicines from India to Mexico and Guatemala, where they were used to make methamphetamine.

Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Frank Moreno Jr., 43, for his dealings in pseudoephedrine tablets.

According to court documents, Moreno admitted that from the summer of 2008 to June 2009, he worked with an Indian supplier of psuedoephedrine to ship tens of millions of the tablets to Mexico and Guatemala.

Moreno pled guilty in December.

While the U.S. production of methamphetamine has decreased significantly, the majority of the drug now found in the U.S. is made in Mexico, according to authorities.

By Dana Hedgpeth  | February 11, 2011; 4:56 PM ET
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