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21 sentenced in drug case on Arizona reservation

TUCSON, Ariz. - Authorities say 21 people have been sentenced for their roles in a drug-trafficking ring on a southern Arizona reservation.

Federal agents learned last October that backpacks with marijuana were being trafficked from a residence in Cockleburr, a small village in the northern part of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Authorities say 33-year-old Flavio Diaz-Pina allegedly ran the organization. They recovered several firearms, ammunition, money, cellphones, police scanners and night-vision goggles at the Cockleburr house.

They say the backpacks were being brought from Mexico to Cockleburr, where the marijuana was then shipped to Tucson and Phoenix.

Agents also arrested 16 people found at a nearby trailer house on suspicion of carrying the drugs in the backpacks.

The Arizona Daily Star says Diaz-Pina was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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