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Published November 30, 2011, 01:05 PM

California trio pleads not guilty in ND meth case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three family members from Bakersfield, Calif., have pleaded not guilty to charges they supplied methamphetamine to buyers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three family members from Bakersfield, Calif., have pleaded not guilty to charges they supplied methamphetamine to buyers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Henry Paredez Jr. and his wife, Ariana Paredez, are charged in federal court with three counts, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. They face life in prison if convicted.

Henry Paredez Sr. is charged with one count of money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

Authorities say the meth was moved through various packing and shipping companies.

The three defendants were released on bond that was originally established in California. A trial date has not been scheduled.

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