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Afghan heroin kingpin gets 15 years for plot

NEW YORK (AP) — An Afghan drug lord accused of plotting to poison U.S. neighborhoods with heroin was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Friday.

Haji Baz Mohammad, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denny Chin after he admitted violating drug laws from 1990 to 2005 by shipping heroin from Afghanistan and leading a drug ring that stretched into neighboring Pakistan. He was the first Afghan heroin kingpin extradited from Afghanistan, authorities said.

Mohammad pleaded guilty in July to a charge of conspiring to violate drug laws. Without the plea, Mohammad could have faced up to life in prison.