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Las Vegas man sentenced for trafficking drugs to Virginia

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A Las Vegas man was sentenced to 27 years behind bars in connection with trafficking methamphetamine and oxycodone from Nevada to Virginia. 

Richard Henry Kayian, 57, was sentenced last week in district court, according to the United States Department of Justice.

He was found guilty by a jury in November 2017 of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine and oxycodone, and one count of money laundering. He was also ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $743,441. 

According to evidence at Kayian's trial and other defendants hearings, law enforcement agencies in Nevada and Virginia charged 32 people in late 2016 with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, oxycodone, and buprenorphine as well as money laundering. Evidence showed Kayian was responsible for recruiting distributors for drug trafficking and sending large quantities of drugs through UPS and Federal Express. The drugs were distributed throughout Southwest Virginia and in Eastern Kentucky. Additionally, evidence showed that more than $1 million in proceeds from drug sales were sent via wire transfer and bank deposits to Kayian and others in Las Vegas. 

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