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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:56 pm | Updated: 2:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Slovakian man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role in laundering $1.6 million through several Phoenix-area banks for cocaine buys.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Rastislav Halcin was given a 52-month sentence Monday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say Halcin received the funds from bank accounts throughout Europe and the money was used by members of a drug ring to purchase cocaine in Arizona.

They say the cocaine was shipped to the Chicago area and either sold there or smuggled to Europe for distribution.

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