- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mexican man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug-trafficking charges in Phoenix.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to possess heroin with the intent to distribute.

Federal authorities identified Castro-Rocha as a leader of a drug-trafficking organization based in Sinaloa, Mexico.

They say his organization was responsible for growing, processing, importing and distributing large quantities of heroin via a Phoenix safe house.

The heroin was trafficked to cities throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

The DEA says it seized nearly 48 pounds of heroin - valued at more than $150,000 - from Castro-Rocha’s organization between October 2008 and April 2009.

Castro-Rocha was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and extradited to the United States in 2012.

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