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Vegas man pleads guilty to prescription drug trafficking

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A Las Vegas man who operated an illegal drug trafficking organization that transported prescription drugs from Vegas to Alaska will likely spend the next 15 years in federal prison.

Nicholas Ghafouria, 28, also laundered more than $1 million through Las Vegas bank accounts.

On Monday, Ghafouria pleaded guilty and agreed to his prison sentence.

Ghafouria is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 3, 2013. If the court does not accept his plea agreement, he may withdraw his guilty plea.

"Prescription drug trafficking and prescription drug abuse has sky rocketed over the last decade," said U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden. "The U.S. Attorney's Office in Nevada has been working aggressively with federal, state and local law enforcement to attack this problem. Since January 2010, we have filed federal charges against approximately 70 individuals, including four doctors and a pharmacist, for unlawfully distributing highly addictive prescription painkillers."

Between May of 2009 and October of 2010, Ghafouria conspired with others to distribute more than 4,000 Oxycodone pills in Alaska. He sent drugs in packages and used couriers to transport them on airplanes.

Twenty-seven people, eight from Las Vegas and 19 from Alaska, were charged in October of 2012. All have pleaded guilty.

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