Henry Co. man part of billion-dollar drug ring

ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have connected a Henry
County man to an international cocaine trafficking ring believed to
have racked up as much as $1.8 billion in drug sales.

Police arrested 37-year-old Kiley Murray Wednesday after they
raided his Scarborough Road home in Henry County.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of
Illinois linked Murray to a Chicago distribution crew with ties to
Mexico.

"He was a customer of a Chicago distribution crew that was
getting cocaine wholesale from the Mexican cartels," said Randall
Sanborn, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District
of Illinois.

According to a federal indictment, Murray is charged with
conspiring with others to distribute five kilos of cocaine and one
kilo heroin.

Murray is now on his way to Chicago, where he will appear before
a federal judge for a detention hearing.

Murray was one of 43 alleged drug leaders indicted this week by
the U.S. Attorney as part of a federal crackdown on narcotic sales
between the U.S. and Mexico. The indictments include 10 Mexican
drug cartel leaders, said Laura Sweeney, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Department of Justice.

Murray, who also goes by the names "Cali," "Kal" or
"Hollywood," worked with several other drug traffickers in
Chicago, according to the indictment. All of the other arrests were
made in Chicago and New York, Sweeney said.

In addition to the arrests, police are working to seize a total
of $1.8 billion in cash proceeds from the drug sales, said Patrick
J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Chicago ring, which Murray was affiliated with, handled
1,500-2,000 kilos of cocaine a month, Fitzgerald said. They used
submarines, private planes, cargo ships and tractor trailers to
transport the cocaine, prosecutors said.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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