- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A former Florida International University honors student has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for running a drug operation ring.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1jteoyO ) reports that 28-year-old David McConnell was sentenced Monday in federal court for importing 30 kilos of synthetic drugs from China. McConnell pleaded guilty in July and had been facing up to 20 years behind bars.

The newspaper reports that between 2012 and 2014, McConnell was one of South Florida’s biggest smugglers of ecstasy. He ordered the drugs online and had them delivered to a barbershop, among other locations, and then sold the drugs wholesale to dealers.

McConnell’s attorney, Paul Petruzzi, says McConnell was battling mental health problems when he began selling drugs. McConnell says he made poor decisions.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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