Scottsdale man gets prison term in marijuana case

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A Scottsdale man has been sentenced to four years in prison for distributing high-grade marijuana in the Phoenix area from 2009 to 2013.

A federal judge in Tucson also ordered Christopher John Staab to pay a $655,000 judgment.

Internal Revenue Service officials say Staab pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Staab admitted he intended to sell more than 100 kilograms of hydroponic marijuana.

He was stopped by authorities in March 2013.

Officers found about 4 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale in a backpack and a loaded .45-caliber pistol in the pickup truck's console.

IRS special agents seized vehicles, cash, watches, firearms and a boat and trailer after executing a search warrant at Staab's Scottsdale house in August 2013.

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