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Alaska Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison on Cocaine Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Kelly Breon Kea of Alaska, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 70 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in June 2015 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Kea, 55, has been in federal custody since his pre-trial release was revoked early last month.

According to documents filed in the case, on September 14, 2014, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper stopped Kea for a traffic violation on US-287 in Wichita Falls.  Inside of the trunk of the car were several suitcases, and one of the suitcases contained two hard, brick-like items in its lining.

The trooper removed the items and saw they were two plastic-wrapped and taped bundles, and he suspected they contained compressed cocaine.  In fact, the Texas DPS laboratory later confirmed that the substance was cocaine, equaling 2014.83 net grams.

Texas DPS investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Walters prosecuted.

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Updated November 2, 2015

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