A Baltimore County man who smuggled marijuana for more than 20 years was sentenced yesterday to 6 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute the drug.
Judge Frederic N. Smalkin of U.S. District Court in Baltimore imposed the sentence on Phillip Soffos, 53, of the 12500 block of Dulaney Valley Road, who pleaded guilty to smuggling almost 800 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico between 1987 and 1991.
"He has been a drug dealer forever," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Purcell.
"It's about time Mr. Soffos paid the bill."
Baltimore County police and the U.S. Customs Service began a joint investigation of Soffos in August 1990, according to a statement of facts prepared by Mr. Purcell.