SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Federal prosecutors say a California man was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for his role in the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine in the Springfield.

Thirty-seven-year-old Romulo Frank Delatorre, of Downey, California, was sentenced Friday for helping to ship methamphetamine from California to Springfield between June and September 2015.

Three co-defendants have also pleaded guilty and been sentenced to their roles in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. A fourth person pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors say Delatorre shipped methamphetamine from California to Springfield in 2- to 2.5-pound increments. The drug was picked up at hotels in the Springfield area and then distributed to others.

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