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Suspect in Nashville drug ring pleads guilty to federal charges

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A man from Mexico has pleaded guilty to selling and distributing heroin and methamphetamine in the Nashville area.

Federal authorities say Jorge Andres Lopez Montiel was deported to Mexico but continued to act through a network of distributors.

Montiel, 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2009.

According to federal officials, he illegally re-entered the U.S. in late 2016, which is when he was taken into federal custody.

On Tuesday, Montiel pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine

As part of the plea deal, Montiel will spend 17 and a half years in prison. His sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 25.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, 22 people were arrested and 14 pounds of heroin were seized during the first phase of the investigation into the drug ring.

Four other people are facing federal charges, including 28-year-old Matthew McKervey, 44-year-old Brian Goforth, 29-year-old Daniel Alcala and 42-year-old David Becerra-Ruiz.

McKervey allegedly opened fire on police officers when they executed a search warrant at his home in 2015. He is awaiting trial.

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