Cocaine Ring Trafficker Sentenced

Drug Trafficker

Man on FBI's most-wanted list gets 35 years for running cocaine ring

A drug trafficker who was on the F-B-I's ten-most-wanted list has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

James Springette had faced a maximum of life in prison at his sentencing in Georgia yesterday.  He pleaded guilty in 2003 to running a drug importing ring that used airplanes, boats and even an ocean cargo freighter. That ship was confiscated in 1996 with more than 13-thousand pounds of cocaine aboard.

Springette estimated he earned 33 million dollars from the operation in the 1990s.  He was a fugitive until his capture in Venezuela in November of 2002.

The federal sentence has no possibility of parole. He was also fined four million dollars.