Arizona drug smugglers get stiff sentence

Two members of an Arizona-Alaska heroin smuggling ring have been sentenced in federal court, according to the U.S. attorney.

Shaun “Shorty” Roe, 25, and Michael Carle, 29, were sentenced to 168 and 150 months in prison, respectively, for their convictions of conspiracy to distribute heroin, prosecutors said.

The U.S. Postal Service and Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted an Alaska-bound package from Arizona on Jan. 4, 2008, that contained more than 800 grams of heroin, prosecutors said.

Investigators arrested Carle, Courtney Milligan and Carlos Gonzalez and later determined that Roe, who was serving time at Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., on a robbery conviction, was organizing the distribution network, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Carle’s arrest didn’t deter Roe from continuing the operation; in February 2008 investigators seized another heroin package he sent.

Milligan was previously sentenced to serve 48 months in prison. Gonzales and another co-defendant, Christine Walters, are awaiting sentencing.

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