Two Canadian men have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of being involved in the largest cocaine bust in Ontario’s history.
Jose Luis Santos, 42, of Mississauga, was sentenced to life in prison, while his co-defendant, Emilio Alfredo Perez, 44, of Ontario, was sentenced to life in prison.
The two men were convicted of the largest drug trafficking bust in Ontario. They were convicted following a three-week trial.
Perez was sentenced to life in prison, while Santos was sentenced to life in prison.
During their trial, one of the three men was charged with the first-degree murder of an Ecuadorean national. The man was gunned down during a 2011 cocaine hailstorm in Ontario.
Crown attorney Mark Toner said the two drug dealers were guilty of the conspiracy and conspiracy to traffic drugs.
“The two men were convicted of the most serious charge in our system; being part of a major drug trafficking organization involved in drug sales and then distribution of cocaine over a period of six years,” Toner said.
Defense attorney Janet Crean said her clients deny they killed the man.
“Unfortunately, both men were found guilty of things they really did not do. They had positions in the scheme. They played those roles,” Crean said.
In addition to three life sentences, Perez will spend 15 years in prison for conspiracy. Santos was sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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