Del. man gets 25 years in cocaine conspiracy

May 05, 2007

A 45-year-old Delaware man convicted of conspiring to sell large amounts of cocaine in Cecil County was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Nigel Humphrey John Baptiste was found guilty by a jury in February. Prosecutors said that Baptiste told authorities in a videotaped interview after his arrest that he had expected a 150-kilogram shipment of cocaine.

The prosecutors said he had secret compartments in his car to hide drugs and that he also hid drugs in the basement of a house he rented on East Village Drive in Elkton.

Police said during the trial that Baptiste was a top-level dealer selling cocaine to midlevel operators, who converted it to crack and sold it on the streets in the Winding Brook community or delivered it to other dealers in Elkton.

Several other defendants have pleaded guilty in the case and are serving prison terms ranging from 11 to 25 years, prosecutors said.

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