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Two sentenced to prison for cocaine trafficking


Two men were sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday for their part in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy, according to an announcement by the District Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., sentenced Ildefonso Madrid Flores, 28, of Mexico, to 151 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. David Kennedy, 37, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and will serve four years under court supervision following his prison term, the release states.

In May 2012, following a three day trial, a federal jury found Flores guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. According to evidence presented at trial, law enforcement seized two kilograms of cocaine from a vehicle in which the drug transaction occurred.

Flores expected to receive $70,000 as payment for the drugs, officials said.

Also, according to trial evidence, Flores possessed two cell phones. One of the cell phones was subscribed in Flores' name for his personal use, the second to coordinate drug trafficking with his co-conspirators. That phone was subscribed under the name "Tony Montana," the infamous character from the movie "Scarface."

Trial evidence showed that the co-conspirators had distributed a total of approximately 26 kilograms of cocaine. Kennedy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in April 2012.

Flores and Kennedy have been in local federal custody and will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

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