- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 25-year-old Las Vegas man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for having large amounts of methamphetamine that prosecutors say were bound for Hawaii.

John Ortega was sentenced Nov. 25 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and money laundering.

A co-defendant, Keith Alcos, of Honolulu, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess meth with intent to distribute. He’s due for sentencing Jan. 8.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says Ortega also used the name Jose Veltran Perez.

He was arrested in August 2013 with 2 kilograms of meth in his car and another 4.5 kilograms in a storage unit.

Prosecutors say the drugs were intended for Alcos and two fugitive co-defendants, James Richardson Jr. and George Flores.


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