Mesa man, son get 15-year federal prison sentences for operating drug trafficking organization

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

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Hector Raul Ortiz-Tarazon Sr. and 24-year-old Hector Francisco Ortiz Jr. were among 12 people indicted in the case.

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

Authorities say 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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