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Nine Minnesota and North Dakota defendants pleaded guilty for their participation in a drug trafficking enterprise.

Jose "Pepe" Sanchez, 31, St. Thomas, N.D., pleaded guilty to continuing criminal enterprise and to being the organizer, leader and manager of the enterprise. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 and up to life imprisonment.

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Adan Martinez, 41, Grafton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

Abdon Sanchez, 41, Grafton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory life sentence.

Catarino Surita, 31, Grafton, pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory five years and up to 40 years' imprisonment.

Reynaldo Garcia, Sr., 45, Glyndon, Minn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 10 years and up to life imprisonment.

Reynaldo Garcia, Jr., 27, Glyndon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

Ricky Garcia, 23, Glydon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a maximum of 20 years' imprisonment.

Kraig Komrosky, 19, Moorhead, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 15 years and up to life imprisonment.

William Satrang, 57, Fargo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory five years up to 40 years imprisonment.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Myers said this organization was involved in the distribution of more than 50 kilograms (100 lbs.) of cocaine, 10 kilograms (20 lbs.) of methamphetamine and nearly a ton (200 lbs.) of marijuana. The drugs were transported from the Laredo, Texas, area to the Fargo-Moorhead and Grafton area.

"This organization was dismantled by the superior undercover efforts of Special Agent Ron Wollever from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Special Agent Woolever made numerous undercover buys from members of the organization," he said.

The case was investigated by a number of agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration- Fargo, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force, Glyndon, Moorhead, and Hallock, Minn., Police Departments, Fargo Police Department and the Kittson County, Minn., Sheriff's Office.

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