Accused Aspen cocaine trafficking ring leader Wayne Reid sentenced to more than 4 years in prison

Reid also gets 5 years probation after his release

ASPEN, Colo. - An Aspen resident accused of helping to lead a cocaine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to four years and five months in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation.

Wayne Reid also was ordered on Monday to forfeit more than $116,000 in cash to the federal government.

Investigators had described Reid as a key figure in bringing cocaine from the Los Angeles area to the Aspen area for more than a decade. Reid pleaded guilty in January 2012 to possession with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine.

Reid was arrested in May 2011 by Mesa County sheriff's deputies on cocaine distribution charges. He was pulled over on Interstate 70 for speeding, and authorities found a brick of cocaine weighing more than 1 kilogram, according to an arrest affidavit.

A one-year investigation revealed that the ring Reid was involved with had transported and distributed over 200 kilograms of cocaine into Aspen over the past 15 years.

The Drug Enforcement Administration also confiscated a large amount of cash and cocaine during a drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of five Aspen residents in connection with the trafficking ring.

Reid's sentencing follows the recent conviction of Montgomery Chitty, who allegedly took over the cocaine ring after Reid’s arrest. Chitty was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine on March 1 and is scheduled to be sentenced May 28.

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