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A San Diego man caught at a Torrance hotel carrying two suitcases filled with 59 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly nine pounds of fentanyl was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Salvador Delrio, 46, pleaded guilty in April to three felonies: possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson in downtown Los Angeles.

Last Sept. 5, Delrio walked into a hotel in Torrance with two suitcases that contained 59.1 pounds of methamphetamine and 8.9 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, federal prosecutors said. He was subsequently arrested at the hotel as part of a law enforcement sting and also was found to be carrying a loaded .45-caliber Colt firearm in his waistband, prosecutors said.

Delrio’s criminal history includes felony convictions in California state court for possession of methamphetamine in 1993, transportation and sale of a controlled substance in 1995, unlawful taking of a vehicle in 1996, and carjacking in 2003, according to court documents.

–City News Service

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