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Final defendant sentenced in Port Miami cocaine-smuggling ring

Defendants were former members of International Longshoremen's Association

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MIAMI – The final defendant in the Aug. 13, 2015, bust of a Port Miami cocaine-smuggling ring was sentenced Monday to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison.

Clinton Coleman Jr., 47, of Miami, was among seven men who were arrested last August in the Homeland Security Investigations-led Operation Pier Pressure.

Authorities said the multi-agency operation began more than two years ago to identify corrupt members of the International Longshoremen’s Association who worked at Port Miami.

Authorities said the men diverted narcotics from cargo and cruise ships arriving at the port.

Below is a list of the other men sentenced in the case:

Tyrone Jackson, 54, of Miami, was convicted and sentenced Nov. 19 to 9 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiring attempting to import and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Ronald Chestnut, 44, of Hallandale, and Jimmie Alexander Jr., 67, of Opa-locka, pleaded guilty and were each sentenced Jan. 22 to 7 years and 3 months in federal prison for conspiracy to import cocaine and importation of cocaine, respectively.

Jimmy Beasley, 47, of Miami Gardens, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Dec. 8 to 4 years and 9 months months in federal prison for conspiracy to import cocaine.

Yves Belmont, 42, of Miami, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 1 to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Joel McNeal, 45, of Hollywood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Dec. 8 to time served with four years of supervised release and 12 months of home confinement for attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.


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