By Denny Walsh
A man described by prosecutors as a major supplier of methamphetamine in the Sacramento area was sentenced Wednesday to 14 1/2 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute the drug and for money laundering.
Miguel Vasquez, 39, formerly of Cameron Park, was a primary target of a long-term investigation featuring court-authorized wiretaps of telephone conversations. He was "determined to be a major source of supply of methamphetamine in the Sacramento area and to persons shipping and selling significant quantities of methamphetamine to the Midwest and Hawaii," according to U. S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.
Vasquez forfeited to the government more than $700,000 in cash, funds from several bank accounts, two parcels of real property and two vehicles, all deemed to be part of or acquired with his ill-gotten gains.
Of the 19 defendants in the case, 16 were sentenced before Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 12 to three years. Two are awaiting sentencing.