A Beaver Falls man will serve nearly 11 years in prison for his role in a ring that brought large amounts of cocaine into Beaver County.
Adrian M. Taylor, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell more than five kilograms of cocaine, possession and intent to sell cocaine and money laundering. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents said had shipped some 70 kilograms from Texas into the area from 2009 through 2011.
Facing sentencing tomorrow is a co-defendant, Carlos Cleckley, 37, who was a Beaver Falls High School football and basketball coach. Two other men accused of arranging the shipment of the drug from Texas were both sentenced recently to 20 years in prison.
Taylor could have faced 24 to 30 years in prison as a career offender. But U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch said that his past crimes -- small-quantity marijuana and cocaine convictions in 2002 and a drunk driving conviction in 2009 -- didn't warrant the career offender designation. The judge also noted that Taylor hadn't committed any violent crimes.
Taylor thanked the friends and family members, including his parents, gathered in the courtroom.
"After this situation I go through, they won't have to worry about feeling like they're being looked down upon because of what their son is doing," he said. "You won't have to worry about someone like me dealing drugs in our community and destroying our homes and our families and our children."
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