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Federal cocaine bust ends in 12-year prison sentence

September 15, 2017 GMT

In January, a man walked out of a Fort Wayne restaurant and put a duffel bag with 37 pounds of cocaine that came from Texas in Uryan Frymire’s car. Law enforcement agents quickly surrounded Frymire and arrested him.

This week, Frymire learned he would be spending about 12 years in a federal prison.

Frymire, 37, of Fremont, Ohio, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Frymire to 145 months in prison and five years supervised release.

The cocaine bust, which ended with federal officials having the drug delivered to Frymire, started in Brownsville, Texas, in January. About 70 kilograms (about 154 pounds) of cocaine was found hidden in the ceiling of a semitrailer that had been stopped for a traffic violation, according to documents filed in federal court.

The driver of the semi told police he was heading to Fort Wayne and Chicago to deliver the cocaine.

Homeland Security officials then flew the driver and cocaine to Fort Wayne, where the driver telephoned what federal officials called a broker and said he was approaching Fort Wayne, documents said. The broker then instructed the driver to call a man in Kansas City, Kansas. He called that man and said he was nearing Fort Wayne and looking for a truck stop, the documents said.

The man in Kansas City told the driver that someone named John would meet him. The driver later got a call from a man who proved to be Frymire. When Frymire arrived at the truck stop, documents said, he called the driver, who exited the restaurant at the truck stop and put a duffel bag holding 17 kilograms (about 37 pounds) of cocaine in the back seat of Frymire’s car.

Shortly after the delivery, law enforcement agents approached the car and arrested Frymire, documents said.

Frymire later told investigators he had been paid 5,000 a load and a portion of the drugs, documents said.

Frymire told authorities he intended to ask for a portion of the drugs from the load he just picked up so he could make additional money once he had driven the drugs to Ohio and given them to the intended person, court records said.

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