Task force: Intercepted meth shipment used to bait conspirator for arrest

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WENATCHEE — Police and federal agents say they intercepted a shipment of 33 pounds of methamphetamine headed for Wenatchee, then used it to bust a local dealer who was waiting to receive it.

Francisco Sedano, 50, was arrested Friday. Detectives with the Columbia River Drug Task Force say the case began when Oregon State Police stopped a vehicle near Klamath Falls containing the meth packaged in one-pound bundles. The driver allegedly told them he was transporting the cargo from Redding, California to drop off at Sedano’s home on Beuzer Street in Wenatchee.

Authorities say Sedano had recruited the driver and agreed to payhim $4,000 to pick up the drugs in Redding and bring them to Sedano’s home. Instead, Task Force detectives and Homeland Security agents arranged to deliver a dummy package, and took Sedano into custody.

He faces possible charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy. Sedano remained held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center as of Monday evening.