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Cocaine Conspiracy

| December 4, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The former owner of a live music venue in Portland has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling nearly 170 pounds of cocaine from California to Vermont.
Robert Evon, former owner of the Port City Music Hall, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Syracuse, N.Y., to a single count of conspiracy to distribute the cocaine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Evon, who’s from Portland, and a co-conspirator face a minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

Law enforcement officials say Evon arranged to have 78 kilograms of cocaine worth $2.7 million shipped inside two vending machines to New Jersey. Officials say that his co-conspirator then drove the drugs to Vermont, where he called a contact in Albany, N.Y., who turned out to be a federal drug agent.

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