Cocaine kingpin from Greece sentenced to life in prison
Rochester, N.Y. – A cocaine kingpin from Greece has been sentenced to life in prison.
Colin Montague, 63, was convicted on several drug charges after a seven-week jury trial.
Prosecutors said Montague ran a national cocaine trafficking organization from Rochester, moving hundreds of pounds of the drug through Arizona, California and Nevada.
Between 2008 and June 2014, Montague organized shipments of cocaine using tractor-trailers, drug couriers, and U.S. mail that would be sent to other upper-level and mid-level drug traffickers in the Rochester area.
A wiretap investigation run by the DEA and Rochester Police Department led to 13 lbs. of cocaine being seized from a courier heading from Pennsylvania to Rochester. After the seizure, Montague fled to Atlanta, Georgia, where he lived under a false identity for six months until he was captured by U.S. Marshals.
Colin Montague also ran Montague Enterprise, Inc., a real estate business in Rochester. He was convicted of laundering more than $2,350,000 in drug proceeds through bank accounts associated with the real estate business.
The judge also ordered Montague to pay $10 million, the amount he made from the criminal enterprise.