Back in May of this year we told you about Rudolph Randolph Meighan, the Belizean national who was convicted by a federal jury in the state of Florida, for trying to smuggle cocaine into the US.
Meighan was convicted along with two Colombian nationals with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on that vessel. And today the US Department of justice announced that the trio was sentenced to nineteen years and seven months behind bars.
The men which also include forty-eight-year-old Jorge Ramon Newball-May and fifty-nine-year-old Calbot Reid-Dilbert both Colombian Nationals were reportedly part of an international drug smuggling ring which involved up to 600 kilograms of cocaine, valued around US $18 million.
The report adds that the trio were spotted in a boat by a US Coast Guard aircraft approximately 110 nautical miles southwest of Jamaica on December 1, 2018. They reportedly tried to dispose of the cocaine by tying the drugs to their outboard engine and sinking it into the sea. USCG personnel had captured the attempt to dispose of the evidence on video, and that evidence was used against them at the trial.