BALTIMORE (WMAR) - A Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison for his third strik as the leader of an interstate drug trafficking conspiracy, according to a release.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Baltimore man Roy Lee Clay, 47, to life in prison Thursday for conspiracy to distribute and possess and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Blake factored in two previous drug convictions against Clay in determining the severity of his sentence.
Clay was singled out as the leader of an interstate drug ring lasting from April 2009 and November 2011, according to testimony heard during his 14-day trial. A jury found Clay guilty of dealing at least one kilogram of heroin, the release states.
Two other men involved were given less severe sentences, although both were directly involved in Clay’s latest enterprise.
Clay and a co-conspirator, 61-year-old Baltimore man Walter Powell, obtained heroin from a man named Danilo Garcia.
Garcia ran couriers between New York and Baltimore to deliver drugs and return with cash.
Powell pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and was sentenced to 121 months in prison. Garcia, 43, of New York, was convicted and sentenced to 188 months.
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