Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Head of Violent Miami Drug Gang Sentenced to Life

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Head of Violent Miami Drug Gang Sentenced to Life

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MIAMI -- The leader of a drug gang blamed for working to kill off its competition while building a cocaine smuggling empire was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole.

Kenneth "Boobie" Williams was head of the Boobie Boys gang, which authorities say committed 35 murders to establish drug operations that smuggled $85 million of cocaine across Florida and to 12 other states during the 1990s.

Williams and five other gang members, including his right-hand man Efrain Cosado, received life terms. They appeared yesterday in a courtroom full of family and friends, some of whom sobbed as U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore read the sentences.

Two others received 30-year sentences.

In all, eleven defendants were convicted in the 5-ton cocaine distribution conspiracy case after a jury trial last month. Sentencing for the final three defendants was expected later yesterday afternoon.

According to law enforcement officials, between 1990 and 1998, gang members killed to establish their turf and to retaliate against rivals as they built their own drug empire.

The trial was a result of a joint federal-state task force that also convicted Miami-Dade Police Officer Marvin Baker for taking drugs and money as payment for running surveillance for the gang.

Although no murder charges were part of the federal indictment, jury members were shown gruesome pictures of drug crime victims, supplemented by testimony from former gang members turned government witnesses. …

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