28-year-old gets 15 years for transporting drugs

The ringleader of an organization that unlawfully transported prescription painkillers between Nevada and Alaska was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday.

Nicholas Ghafouria, 28, of Las Vegas also was ordered to forfeit more than $1.2 million in cash and property, Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a news release.

Ghafouria, who pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges, was the last of the 27 defendants in the scheme to be sentenced.

“Over the last several years, we have been working with state and local law enforcement and health care providers to attack the growing prescription drug abuse problem in Nevada,” Bogden said.

“Since January 2010, over 100 individuals, including four doctors and a pharmacist, have been charged in Nevada with unlawfully distributing highly addictive prescription painkillers.”

Between May 2009 and October 2010, Ghafouria’s group distributed more than 4,000 oxycodone pills in Alaska and laundered at least $1.2 million in cash proceeds, prosecutors alleged.

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