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Man sentenced to 3 years in prison on federal drug charge

December 30, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Michigan man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in North Dakota to a federal drug charge.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Michael Sinnawi, 33, was arrested in August 2019 at a Bismarck motel. He and two other men were in possession of 450 oxycodone pills and $45,000 in cash, police said. Police also found four cellphones in the room, and text messages on the phones showed that they were selling the pills, authorities said.

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U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Sinnawi to three years in prison with credit for time served. A drug conspiracy charge against Sinnawi was dismissed, court records show.

The two other men arrested in the case -- Antonio Herfy, 25, and Kamal Sinnawi, 58, who is Michael Sinnawi’s father – are scheduled for change of plea and sentencing hearings on Feb. 22.