May 3, 2001 |
A man accused of operating one of the nation's largest cocaine and marijuana distribution networks was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Omar Rocha Soto, 39, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to operating a continuing criminal enterprise, which prosecutors call a "kingpin" charge. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid a life sentence. Rocha was arrested Aug. 17 as part of a federal investigation that resulted in 102 indictments in more than a dozen cities.