Update: 12:12 p.m.
PORTLAND — The former president of the Maine chapter of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club and two other defendants were convicted on all counts this morning, following a six-day drug trafficking trial at U.S. District Court.
The jury found Richard Szpyt, Sherwood Jordan and Ramon Dellosantos guilty of conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana and more than five kilograms of cocaine. More than a dozen other defendants had already pleaded guilty to roles in the larger conspiracy, and some testified for the government during the trial.
Szpyt and Jordan also were convicted on multiple counts of using a telephone to facilitate the sale and purchase of drugs. They face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison when they are sentenced at a later date.
Family members of all three defendants wiped away tears as the court clerk read the verdict around 11:30 a.m. The jury had deliberated about five hours on Tuesday and two more hours this morning.
"I just really don't see how my father was pushed into this," said Jamie Szpyt, the son of Richard Szpyt, outside the courthouse.
"There were no drugs ever found with my father. This is the wrong verdict," he said.
The family said they intend to appeal the decision.
PORTLAND — The jury in the Iron Horsemen drug trial has come back with a verdict.
Staff Writer Trevor Maxwell is in the courtroom at U.S. District Court and will report the results as soon as the verdict is delivered.
Prosecutors allege that the former president of the Maine chapter of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club and two associates ran a major cocaine and marijuana distribution ring between Massachusetts and Maine.
To learn more about the trial, read an earlier story by Maxwell.
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