Crime & Courts

Arizona man sentenced in 2013 Kansas marijuana bust

An Arizona man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after a marijuana bust in Ellis County last year.

Pilar Angel Leon-Beltran, 35, of Tucson, was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months on one count of conspiracy to distribute between 80 and 100 kilograms of the drug, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. He was charged with the crime after the Kansas Highway Patrol found 10 bales of pot in a Chevrolet Impala during a car stop on Dec. 30, 2013.

Leon-Beltran, a passenger in the car, ran from the Impala after authorities pulled it over in Ellis County. He was arrested about three hours later, Grissom said.

Leon-Beltran pleaded guilty to the charge Aug. 20. The marijuana and packing had a gross weight of 101.76 kilograms, Grissom said.

A co-defendant, Crystal Amarillas-Norzagaray, 23, of Tucson, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 24. She also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in August, according to Grissom’s office.

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