May 16, 2014 - 3:20 PM
LOS ANGELES – A Kamloops man found guilty of operating a gang-related cocaine-smuggling operation from Mexico received an 11 and a half year jail sentence in the United States on May 12, according to the Vancouver Sun.
U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu delivered the sentence to John Darrel Krokos, 43, of Kamloops, B.C.
After his arrest in Puerto Vallarta, Krokos signed a plea bargain admitting he was involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. He admitted his activities began at an unknown date and continued until June 6, 2012.
The plea agreement dropped charges relating to the allegation Krokos was head of an organization called Krokos Drug Trafficking.
The law enforcement investigation involved undercover agents who sold Krokos encrypted Blackberries which he and his partners used to secure cocaine dealings.
A total of 186 kilograms was arranged for transport by Krokos on two separate occasions from April 2010 to September 2011.
The Vancouver Sun revealed Krokos as the Puerto Vallarta-based cocaine dealer for the British Columbia division of the Hells Angels gang.
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