Mexican man is sentenced to 12 years in prison in Arizona for drug trafficking

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PHOENIX — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Arizona for drug trafficking.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Everardo Duarte, of Sonora, Mexico, pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

They say the year-long Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation into Duarte's drug trafficking organization began in July 2012 and was conducted primarily in Flagstaff.

Prosecutors say Duarte and two co-defendants were accused of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy charges.

They say the organization imported methamphetamine into the country from Mexico and it was ultimately distributed in Flagstaff along with heroin.

Investigators say Duarte was attempting to expand his drug trafficking organization onto the surrounding reservations prior to his arrest.

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