- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A Cissna Park man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the central district of Illinois announced the sentence of 41-year-old Valeriano “Billy” Zarate (zuh-RAH’-tee) by U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce.

Officials say Zarate pleaded guilty in April to conspiring from 2012 to October 2014 with others to have cocaine delivered from semitrailers to sites in Vermilion County, near Indianapolis and other places.

Court documents show Zarate distributed about 11 kilograms of cocaine in Youngstown, Ohio in December 2013. A few days later, Zarate and a co-conspirator traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to receive about $1.2 million for 36 kilograms of the drug previously distributed.

Zarate has been detained by the U.S. Marshals Service since his 2014 arrest.

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