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Illegal immigrant sentenced to 10 years for meth ring involvement

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 4:18 pm

An illegal immigrant from Mexico who was living in Phoenix was sentenced on Monday to the maximum 10 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution ring after a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Tempe police.

Alejandro Castro-Vega was responsible for receiving hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine from unknown persons in Mexico which he then distributed to customers within the Valley, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office. Investigators also seized $680,000 from Castro-Vega which they say was from drug proceeds, according to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office.

“One of the most effective ways to combat these drug traffickers is for law enforcement to remain constantly on the alert to find ways to identify and prosecute the people bringing these drugs into the U.S.,” Horne said in an office-issued statement.

Horne added: “The Drug Enforcement Agency and Tempe Police Department worked very hard to investigate the leads in this case and I thank them for their diligence. As always, my office will continue to prosecute these cases vigorously, and not let up in our efforts to combat these drug traffickers.”

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