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Drug traffickers sentenced to federal prison

1:59 PM, Feb 25, 2014   |    comments
(AP file)
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ROSSVILLE, Ga. -- Two Florida men accused of providing Oxycodone to a northwest Georgia-based drug ring have been sentenced to federal prison.

Gerald Young, 69, will spend 10 years and one month in prison and three years on supervised release. Rodney Strachan, 68, was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Federal prosecutors said the two defendants were part of a 13-person conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and other drugs in Rossville and other parts of north and northwest Georgia.

Young and Strachan stockpiled pills in their home state for John Gregory Alvarez, the leader of the drug ring, who made monthly trips to Florida to retrieve the painkillers, according to information presented in court.

Prosecutors said Alvarez's distribution reach extended beyond Georgia to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. In October 2011, Alvarez was convicted and sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison and six years of supervised release for running the trafficking ring.

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