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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News - A Dodge County man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for drug and weapons-related convictions stemming from an investigation into shipments of methamphetamine from Mexico to southern Minnesota.

Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Matthew Lyman of Mantorville last year admitted to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm during, in relation to, and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was accused of "coordinating and facilitating" a meth distribution operation that included sending money from drug sales in Minnesota back to Mexico.

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A news release from the US Attorney's Office for Minnesota says investigators observed two money couriers leaving Lyman's home in January of last year. The criminal complaint says the couriers were caught possessing about $119,000 in cash, an ounce of methamphetamine, and a loaded handgun.

Lyman was stopped for a traffic violation the same day and was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Federal officials say investigators searched his vehicle and found three bricks of methamphetamine, 3500 pills containing fentanyl, and two guns. Court records also indicate a search warrant of an apartment in Rochester rented by Lyman led to the seizure of about 9 pounds of methamphetamine.

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