Las Vegas man pleads guilty in drug trafficking case
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas man accused of operating an illegal drug trafficking ring pleaded guilty in court Monday, agreeing to serve 15 years in federal prison.
The Department of Justice says 28-year-old Nicholas Ghafouria transported prescription drugs from Las Vegas to multiple cities in Alaska.
Ghafouria said that the drug ring was operated from May 2009 to October 2010, during which time he conspired with others to distribute more than 4,000 oxycodone pills in Alaska. He also admitted to laundering at least $1.2 million.
The drugs were sent in packages and couriers were used to get the drugs to Alaska on flights.
Ghafouria admitted to selling the pills for about $65 each and overseeing that money was deposited into specified bank accounts.
27 people, including eight from Las Vegas and 19 from Alaska, were charged in the drug ring in October 2010.
Ghafouria is scheduled to be sentenced on January 3. If the court does not accept the plea agreement, Ghafouria will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.