Crime & Courts

Man sentenced to 171/2 years in drug case

A 39-year-old California man was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday for delivering methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs from the West Coast to Hickory in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said.

Manuel Ocampo Jr., 39, of Anaheim, also was ordered to serve five years supervised release after serving his sentence.

A federal judge U.S. District Court Judge Richard Voorhees also sentenced Manuel Ocampo Jr.’s wife, Yulisma Ocampo, 37, to 2 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to launder drug proceeds.

In May 2012, authorities in Hickory seized at least 4 pounds of 97 percent pure methamphetamine, 1 1/2 pounds of black tar heroin and at least 2 pounds of powder heroin from a hidden compartment in the roof of the couple’s minivan.

Two others in the drug scheme, Joey Carroll and Peter Anthony Sanders, were previously sentenced to nine years, four months, and three years in prison, respectively, prosecutors said.