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A California man was sentenced for a drug charge in Norton County District Court.  GERALD SALDO OF SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT EACH OF POSSESSION OF A HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT A TAX STAMP.  THOSE CHARGES ARE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED DECEMBER 6TH 2010 INCIDENT.  IN A PLEA AGREEMENT, SALDO PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF CONDUCTING A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION INVOLVING THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF MARIJUANA.  THE OTHER CHARGES WERE DISMISSED. Saldo was sentenced to 11 months with the Department of Corrections , suspended to court services probation.  Saldo could serve up to 60 days in jail if all the stipulations are not followed, according to Norton County Attorney Doug Sebelius.   Saldo will be allowed to transfer his probation to California and must undergo counseling with the V.A.  He was assessed a 400-dollar KBI lab fee, 195 in court costs, court services fee of 120, booking fee of 45, and a drug testing fee of 35, according to Sebelius.