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NORFOLK, Va. -- An Arizona man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping run a multi-state cocaine distribution ring.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Luis Alberto Navarro of Tucson was sentenced Friday in Norfolk. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in September.

Navarro also on Friday was ordered to forfeit $300,000 in cash seized in connection with his arrest in June 2013.

According to court documents, Navarro operated the Tucson hub of a cocaine trafficking organization. The enterprise had a nationwide network of distribution points, including locations in Indiana, California, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Navarro recruited and supervised couriers to transport and distribute cocaine, which typically was hidden inside the lining of coolers and inert, hollowed-out fire extinguishers.

Associated Press,

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