California man found guilty of cocaine charge

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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 Tuesday.

Kenneth R. Douglas, 66, of Hayward, opted for a non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone. After the two-day trial, the judge found Mr. Douglas guilty of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and money laundering.

Mr. Douglas, then employed at San Francisco International Airport, sneaked drugs past security en route to the distribution ring run by Robert Russell Spence, 39, of Coraopolis, an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration found.

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

In June, a jury found Spence guilty of similar charges.

First Published August 14, 2014 12:00 AM


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