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Nelson Areizaga-Rosa, 38, and his cousin Richard Ortiz-Rosa, 42, both of Connecticut were ordered Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to serve 180 month prison terms for their cocaine trafficking convictions.

Both were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine when they drove into Western New York early in 2011. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies stopped them for speeding in the Town of Ellicott March 17, 2011.

Sheriff’s deputies found $60,000 in U.S. currency hidden in the spare tire of the vehicle and seized more than a kilogram of heroin, a quantity of cocaine and a number of firearms in that traffic stop. That arrest led to the arrest of six other suspects in a cocaine trafficking ring, all of whom were ultimately convicted here or in Ohio, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the probe led to the seizure in Campbell, Ohio of an additional $205,000 in U.S. currency and ultimately to the seizure of five vehicles used by the multi-state ring.