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Galloway resident sentenced 16 years for cocaine distribution
German Roman-Oliver of Galloway was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison following his conviction of conspiring to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine in the Columbus area between 2007-11.
Carter Stewart, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Special Agent Robert Corso, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and agencies participating in the DEA task force announced the sentence March 8.
A U.S. District Court jury convicted Roman-Oliver on Oct. 19, 2011 of conspiracy. They reached verdict after a six-day trial that included testimony from approximately 25 witnesses.
The court found Roman-Oliver involved in distributing more than 150 kilograms of cocaine over the four-year period. The court also found he obstructed justice by perjuring his testimony in trial.
According to trial testimony, Roman-Oliver supplied two separate groups of cocaine re-distributors. One group was in Columbus and another in the Springfield and Dayton areas.
Testimony was presented that the cocaine Roman-Oliver obtained originated with members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel.
In addition to DEA, the investigators included the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Columbus Airport Police and the police departments in Columbus, Westerville and Upper Arlington.
Stewart said the investigation is continuing.
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