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Metro Phoenix father, son going to prison on drug charges

PHOENIX -- A Mesa man and his son each have been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for operating a multistate drug trafficking organization.

Federal prosecutors said 47-year-old Hector Raul Ortiz-Tarazon and 24-year-old Hector Ortiz Jr. were among 12 people indicted.

The father and son were accused of running an organization that shipped marijuana to the Midwest and East Coast.

Authorities said the organization trafficked more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana and generating more than $1 million in cash and money orders.

Federal agents seized about $400,000 in assets including cash, eight vehicles, 39 firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition.

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