Phoenix drug trafficker gets 18-year prison term

PHOENIX - Federal authorities say a Phoenix man who twice escaped from jail has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a drug trafficking case.

They say 36-year-old Rocky Delgado Marquez pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Marquez recruited drivers and obtained vehicles outfitted with hidden compartments to hold hundreds of pounds of marijuana smuggled into Arizona from Mexico.

After being arrested, Marquez escaped from a Phoenix jail in May 2012. He was apprehended eight months later in the Detroit area.

In January 2013, Marques escaped from a jail in Wayne County, Michigan and fled to Mexico. He was arrested the following month.

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