Smuggler sentenced


April 01, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A 43-year-old Baltimore man received a 15 1/2 -year prison sentence yesterday for his role in a drug conspiracy in which prosecutors said 155 kilograms of cocaine was smuggled from South America into Baltimore.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Donald Ryan, who pleaded guilty in January. According to court documents, Ryan agreed in September 2003 to serve as a broker for a freighter shipment of cocaine from Guyana to Savannah, Ga.

On Feb. 24, 2004, the freighter containing the cocaine arrived in Savannah's port. The next day, the shipping container filled with cocaine was driven to Baltimore. Authorities arrested Ryan two days later.

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