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A Billings man charged with supplying methamphetamine for others to sell pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges.

Juan Luis Arrelano, 27, also known as Jose Delgado-Sanchez, pleaded guilty to seven counts in an indictment. Although he was named only in a conspiracy count, he was held responsible for six other distribution charges involving co-defendants Dan Morrow and Dante Landry. He admitted to supplying Landry with meth that Landry later sold.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for Aug. 20 and continued Arrelano's custody.

Arrelano was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from about July 2001 until Feb. 14, 2002. He is facing a minimum five to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine on the conspiracy charged and some of the distribution counts. Other distribution counts carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Arrelano was held responsible for the equivalent of 532.4 kilograms of marijuana. Approximately 6.4 grams of the meth he distributed on July 10, 2001, was the purer form of the addictive drug known as ice.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Seykora said an undercover investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local agencies involved purchasing meth from Morrow on five occasions and seizing meth from Landry. Arrelano was supplier of all of the meth.

Landry was sentenced in February to 271/2 years in prison for convictions on seven drug counts. In March, Morrow was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison on 11 counts.

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