California man guilty of sneaking cocaine through San Francisco airport to Pittsburgh

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A California man accused of having a role in a large drug ring that brought thousands of kilograms of cocaine to Pittsburgh was found guilty today, and faces a December sentencing.

Kenneth R. Douglas, 66, of Hayward, opted for a non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone. On the trial’s second day, both sides rested and the judge found Mr. Douglas guilty of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and money laundering.

Mr. Douglas was accused of sneaking drugs past security when he was employed at San Francisco International Airport, en route to the distribution ring run by Robert Russell Spence, 39, of Coraopolis.

After trial, Mr. Douglas was taken into custody pending his Dec. 17 sentencing.

In June, a jury found Spence guilty of similar charges. Some 30 people were charged following an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

First Published August 12, 2014 12:00 AM


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