The man who federal authorities said was the leader of a drug ring that operated in four Charlotte-area counties will spend the rest of his life in prison, officials say.
Freddie Andaya, also known as Raymond Garcia, was sentenced Wednesday in a Charlotte federal courtroom to life in prison plus five years.
Andaya, 42, who is from Mexico but had been living in Concord at the time of his arrest in August 2011, pleaded guilty in March 2012 to charges of drug trafficking conspiracy, money laundering, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Federal prison sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
According to court documents and testimony, Andaya led a ring that operated in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan and Union counties. In 2010 and 2011, prosecutors said, the ring trafficked more than 300 kilograms of cocaine, worth more than $10 million.
Prosecutors said that when they arrested Andaya, they found 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, an AK-47 assault rifle and $342,000 in cash at his home. They also reported finding notebook ledgers that showed more than $9 million in drug transactions during three months between April and July 2011.
In addition, prosecutors said Andaya obstructed justice by threatening a co-defendant.
Several other defendants have been convicted and sentenced in the case. Prosecutors have identified them as: