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.