A woman tied to a drug smuggling ring was sentenced to two years' probation Monday.

Yvonne Verdugo pleaded guilty in February to one count of illegally conducting an enterprise for helping her husband and others transport and sell marijuana across state lines.

Verdugo was one of 18 people, including an Army reservist, named in an indictment in connection to the marijuana smuggling ring investigated by state and federal authorities.

Verdugo's husband, Victor Manuel Verdugo, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in March after pleading guilty to one count each of illegally conducting an enterprise and attempted possession of marijuana for sale.

Thousands of pounds of marijuana were smuggled into the state through the Nogales port of entry and the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation. The drugs were then kept in stash houses in Tucson and smuggled to other cities.

During her sentencing hearing, Verdugo apologized to her family and her four children and told Pima County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry that she wanted to stay with her children and not be sent to prison.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224.

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