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Man found guilty of three felonies after police find $53,000 worth of heroin

(Attorney General Photo)

PHOENIX — A Pima County jury found Sergio Ramon Chavez guilty of transporting more than 5,000 heroin pills Attroney General Mark Brnovich announced Monday.

Chavez was found guilty of three felony charges, including transportation of heroin for sale, illegally conducting an enterprise and conspiracy to transport heroin for sale.

Anthony Sebastian Cadena, Chavez’s co-defendant, pleaded guilty Sunday to one felony charge of conspiracy to transport heroin for sale.

The two men were arrested in February of last year when a Department of Public Safety trooper tried to stop a black Mercedes near El Con Mall in Tucson.

Chavez jumped out of the car and ran from police. He left behind a McDonald’s bag that contained 5,368 heroin pills with a street value of $53,000.

After police found Chavez hiding in bushes nearby an apartment complex, he admitted to the police that the cartel was paying him $1,500 to transport drugs.

The court also found Chavez, 41, had prior convictions including aggravated assault and child abuse. Chavez is facing between 10.5 years to 35 years in prison. Cadena, 31, who had no prior felonies, is facing probation to 12.5 years.

The sentencing for Chavez and Cadena is scheduled for March 12 and 7.

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