ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) - Two men from Texas were sentenced for conspiring to distribute cocaine and cocaine base on Friday, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia office.
Thirty-one-year-old Raymond Collins and 33-year-old Edward Wilson of Houston, Texas were sentenced to 240 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, say officials. Collins was sentenced to an additional 60 months in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, says U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.
Collins and Wilson were found guilty on February 25. According to court documents and testimony at their trial, the men were part of a multi-hundred kilogram cocaine trafficking conspiracy that moved approximately four to six kilograms of cocaine per week since 2009. Collins and Wilson supplied cocaine to a drug trafficker in Texas, who then sold that cocaine to customers in Virginia, according to officials.
Collins was found driving a vehicle with a hidden compartment with ounces of cocaine packaged for resale, several thousand dollars, and a loaded firearm inside. See the photos of that compartment above, courtesy of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia office.
Officials say Collins and Wilson were convicted of drug trafficking offenses before this incident.