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Jamaican gets 22 years for running drug ring

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Jamaican gets 22 years for running drug ring

Man distributed pot from Tucson to East Coast

A 33-year-old Florida man convicted of running a large drug trafficking ring was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

After a five-week trial in Tucson, Mikado Nabob Thompson, of Ft. Lauderdale, was found guilty of continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

A co-defendant, Paul L. Williams, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, said Debra Massey, a U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman.

Thompson, a Jamaican national and legal permanent resident of the United States, led a violent drug trafficking organization that distributed more than 11,000 pounds of marijuana from Tucson to cities on the East Coast, Massey said.

Thompson and members of the ring amassed assets that included a 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago, for which Thompson paid $335,000 in cash, Massey said.

Federal agents had seized a 2006 Rolls Royce Phantom worth $253,000, more than $100,000 in cash and several weapons, Massey said.

With his sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins entered an orderof forfeiture against Thompson for $4.4 million, Massey said.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Tucson with Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations and the Tucson and Marana police departments.

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