First Person in "Gulf Cartel Drug Ring" Goes To Federal Prison

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Taliaferro County investigators found 120 pounds of marijuana in a car on its way to Augusta. (January 28, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

One of the suspects in a large-scale drug ring, known as the Gulf Cartel, will be going to federal prison. A judge sentenced 71-year-old Rufus Daniel "RD" Curington, Jr., to 15-years in prison.

In July Curington pled guilty to conspiracy to traffic marijuana and possession of firearms. Investigators say Curington, seen here with other suspects shortly after their arrests, was part of group that brought as much as 5-tons of pot into the Panhandle from August 2009, until their arrests in February.

Investigators say the group shipped the drugs from Texas to Washington County, Fl. where they were stored and distributed. Some was sold here in the Panhandle. The rest went to the Jacksonville and Orlando areas.

When authorities carried out the raids on several different locations, they seized more than 27-hundred pounds of pot and 61-weapons. Curington had 3-of those guns and 156-thousand dollars in cash.

Curington is one of the first of the gulf cartel suspects to be sentenced.

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