November 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - 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.