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Nine-Time Losers Get Long Prison Terms

SAN DIEGO (CN) - Two meth dealers were sentenced Monday to long terms in federal prison: one man to 22 years and the other to 15 1/2 years.

David Raymond Garcia, 43, was sentenced to 262 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. It was his ninth felony conviction, prosecutors said.

Jason Scanlon, 42, was sentenced to 188 months. It was his 10th felony conviction.

The U.S. Attorney's Office called Garcia an "associate of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang" in the statement announcing the sentencings.

Garcia and Scanlon were two of 36 people charged in an FBI Violent Crime Task Force investigation.

Garcia was accused of supplying the drugs to at least 20 other dealers, and Scanlon to at least four, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Garcia and codefendant Michael Ottinger, Jr., the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Hells Angels, used violent force and intimidation to control the methamphetamine trade in San Diego," prosecutors said in the statement.

Ottinger was sentenced in December to 262 months in federal prison.

"Ottinger still faces murder charges in state court relating to the 2010 murder of a rival member of the Mongols motorcycle gang," prosecutors said.

The statement added: "U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff found both Garcia and Scanlon to be career offenders under federal law. This offense is Garcia's ninth felony conviction, including eight drug felonies and one felony for forging an access card to commit fraud. Scanlon now has ten felony convictions, including eight drug felonies, one felony for receiving stolen property, and one felony for evading a peace officer."

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