Federal Jury Convicts Final Member of Twin Ports Drug Ring

By KBJR News 1

Federal Jury Convicts Final Member of Twin Ports Drug Ring

August 17, 2012 Updated Aug 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A federal court has found the final member of a Twin Ports drug ring guilty of conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

43 year old Lawrence Lalonde Colton of Detroit, Michigan was the last of a 26 member drug ring that operated in Duluth and Superior to be convicted in federal court for conspiring to distribute substances such as oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, and heroin.

Colton was also found guilty of three separate counts of distributing or aiding and abetting distribution of oxymorphone.

Colton could face up to 30 years behind bars, and since the federal criminal justice system does not have parole, he could spend his entire sentence in prison. Colton's sentencing has not been scheduled yet.

Colton and 25 co-conspirators were indicted back on September 21, 2011 following an investigation into their drug ring operations in the Twin Ports.

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