Man sentenced to prison for trafficking meth in central Illinois

URBANA - A Texas man who pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in central Illinois has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

According to U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, George Salinas, 59, will also serve 33 months in prison for violation of federal supervised release.  Lewis says Salinas was serving a four-year term of supervised release after serving an 11-year sentence for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Authorities say Salinas was arrested by DEA agents at a Rantoul Walmart on October 3, 2014, after agents received a tip that Salinas was allegedly transporting illegal drugs from Texas to Rantoul.  DEA agents say they found that Salinas was carrying 287.5 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic bag, and arrested him.

Salinas has remained in custody since his arrest.

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