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March 31, 2011

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; and Valerie Parlave, Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Little Rock Field Office announced today the sentencing of George W. Thompson, age 65, of Cabot, Arkansas and Ralph F. Deleo, age 65 of Somerville, Massachusetts. Thompson and Deleo were sentenced by the Honorable J. Leon Holmes, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, for their respective roles in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy that involved Thompson sending a drug courier to California to obtain the cocaine, which was then transported to Little Rock and intercepted in Lonoke County on its way to Deleo in Massachusetts.

Thompson was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment and 8 years supervised release. Deleo was sentenced to 144 months imprisonment, a $10,000 fine and 8 years supervised release. Deleo’s sentence was enhanced due to his criminal record. Both are in federal custody.

Both Thompson and Deleo still face a racketeering conspiracy charge in the District of Massachusetts, see 1:09-CR-10391-DPW (D. Mass.). The drug conspiracy charged in this district is one of the overt acts alleged in the conspiracy charged in Massachusetts.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Little Rock and Boston Field Offices and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura G. Hoey and Criminal Chief Patrick C. Harris.

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