NYC cocaine ring kingpin gets 20 years to life

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 4:05 PM
NYC cocaine ring kingpin gets 20 years to life

A New York cocaine ring boss once cultivated his image so avidly that he kept a framed photo of his face superimposed on a shot of the drug lord from the 1983 film "Scarface."

Now, Ceferino "Papo" (seh-fur-EE'-noh PAH'-poh) Perez will spend 20 years to life behind bars.

Perez was sentenced Wednesday. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to a high-level drug trafficking charge.

Defense lawyer Peter Batalla (bah-TY'-ah) says the resolution was appropriate for the case.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says Perez and about two dozen others formed the drug-world equivalent of a pizza delivery service in East Harlem.

Prosecutors say workers were organized in two eight-hour shifts and carried business cards emblazoned "General Electronics."

Prosecutors say 21 other defendants also pleaded guilty. Two are headed for trial.