Mexican man gets prison in Ariz drugs/weapons case

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A Mexican man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a drugs and weapons case in southern Arizona.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Juan Carlos Delgado-Sagaste, of Nogales, Sonora, pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to unlawfully export firearms.

Authorities say Delgado-Sagaste was the leader of a Tucson-based drug trafficking organization that imported methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States for distribution.

They say his organization operated a number of stash houses in Tucson and Phoenix and Delgado-Sagaste had ties to an arms trafficking organization which illegally exported firearms into Mexico.

He was arrested after authorities seized significant quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana, 27 firearms, more than 1,700 rounds of ammunition and more than $50,000 in cash.

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