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Truck Driver Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Delivering Drugs in Marijuana and Cocaine Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Bruce Kilgore, age 47, of Rockland, Maine, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and over 1000 kilograms of marijuana, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to evidence presented during his four week trial, Kilgore was part of a drug conspiracy led by Ruben Lopez that operated from January 2004 to February 11, 2006, which was responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and thousands of kilograms of marijuana from Tucson, Arizona, to various customers in Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, Maine, and elsewhere. The drugs were transported primarily by truck.

Kilgore was a truck driver who, by December 2004, began using his truck to transport and deliver drugs and collect money for Lopez. On the first trip he made for Lopez, Kilgore delivered 2000 pounds of marijuana to a customer in Detroit. On another trip he collected money from one of Lopez’s customers and drove to Hazzard, Kentucky to meet another conspirator, who also had collected money from another of Lopez’s customers. Kilgore made approximately 10-14 similar trips, with the last one being in approximately early 2006. Each time, he drove with a cover load of produce to Tucson, Arizona, where Lopez arranged to load up to 2500 pounds of marijuana for delivery to various customers, but mostly to co-conspirators in Maryland and Maine. On each trip, Kilgore transported approximately 20 to 30 kilograms of cocaine to the conspirators in Maryland and Maine.

All 13 of Kilgore’s co-defendants in this case have also been convicted of charges related to the drug conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Barbara S. Skalla and Michele W. Sartori, who prosecuted the case.

 

 

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