Man hauled more than 100 kilos of marijuana to Davenport

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A Muscatine, Iowa man responsible for distributing more than 100 kilos of marijuana in our area was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

Jorge Luis Melendez, 58, conspired with others to distribute marijuana from January to May 2011.  Melendez directed others to transport multiple loads of marijuana from Rockford, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.

The Department of Justice said Melendez was responsible for conspiring to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana during those five months.   

One hundred kilograms of marijuana would have an estimated street value of more than $1.4 million. 

Melendez was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release.