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Columbus Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Cocaine, Gun Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – William J. Pate, 45, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for possessing cocaine and firearms in furtherance of distributing drugs.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Joseph P. Reagan, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.

According to court documents, investigators were informed in February 2015 that Pate was actively involved in trafficking large quantities of cocaine. Upon executing a search warrant, investigators discovered more than a kilogram of cocaine and 11 firearms at Pate’s residence in Columbus, Ohio.

Pate pleaded guilty on September 11, 2015 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He has agreed to forfeit a Mercedes SUV and 11 firearms.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the DEA and Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Hunter and Peter Glenn-Applegate, who are representing the United States in this case. 

Updated February 2, 2016

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