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Man sentenced to 15 years for Las Vegas-Alaska drug ring

Posted: January 4, 2013 - 1:00am

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas man who authorities say trafficked prescription painkillers to Alaska has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney in Nevada says 28-year-old Nicholas Ghafouria pleaded guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and criminal forfeiture charges in October.

Prosecutors also ordered him to turn over about $1.2 million in cash and property he gained in the operation, which sold the pills for about $65 each.

In his plea agreement, Ghafouria admitted to a conspiracy to distribute 4,000 oxycodone pills in different cities in Alaska.

Prosecutors say the trafficking ring involved sending the pills in packages and having couriers transport them on airplanes.

Twenty-seven people have been charged in the ring.

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