Feds allege 27 sold drugs from Vegas in Alaska
LAS VEGAS - Nevada's top federal prosecutor says 27 people have been arrested and charged with distributing oxycodone in Alaska and laundering proceeds in Las Vegas.
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden on Friday accused a 26-year-old Las Vegas custom motorcycle detailer, Nicholas Ghafouria, of heading the operation.
Participants allegedly acquired more than 6,000 tablets of the prescription painkiller in Las Vegas since June 2009 and reaped more than $1.2 million selling them in Alaska.
Some defendants face multiple charges in separate criminal complaints unsealed Friday alleging money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
Bogden says Ghafouria, 55-year-old Ki Yong Parker, and six other Nevada residents are charged in one case.
Nineteen people from the Alaska communities of Soldotna, Kenai, Wasilla, Anchor Point and Anchorage are charged in the other.
November 5th, 2010
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