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South Phoenix crack dealer is sentenced to prison

PHOENIX — Authorities say a man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison
for his role in a large-scale crack cocaine distribution ring in south Phoenix.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that Toren Watson was
identified during a five-month multi-agency investigation.

The probe targeted gang members and others who allegedly were selling crack
cocaine in the south Phoenix area.

At the time of his arrest, authorities say Watson was found to be in possession
of about 3 pounds of crack cocaine. They say the drugs had an estimated street
value of $40,000.

State prosecutors also say that Watson was found with $18,000 in cash and
evidence that he was engaged in converting substantial quantities of powder
cocaine into crack cocaine.


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