Deon Steave, 44, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for his role in a ring that brought scores of kilograms of cocaine into the region.
U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab said that Steave admitted to his involvement in a ring that brought between 50 and 150 kilograms of the drug into the area.
The judge said Steave had a 20-year history of violent and drug crimes. The judge added that Steave's family has been ravaged by drug addictions and overdoses.
Steave pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess, and possession with the intent to deliver, five or more kilograms of cocaine. A Drug Enforcement Administration wiretap allowed agents to stake out his Garfield home and intercept a dealer who left with three kilograms of the drug, the judge said.
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