MIAMI (AP) - Two South Florida men have been sentenced to federal prison time for their roles in a cocaine smuggling ring that used cargo shipping containers.
Court records show U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced 47-year-old David Rodriguez of Miami to more than 19 years behind bars. Moore sentenced 35-year-old Rogny Jerez Lopez of Hialeah to more than seven years in prison.
Prosecutors say Rodriguez was the leader of a drug-trafficking organization that smuggled millions of dollars in cocaine using cargo shipping containers. Court documents say Jerez Lopez was a former employee at Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale who helped remove the drugs once in port.
The case is part of a multi-agency investigation targeting the most serious drug trafficking organizations in the U.S.
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