A Guyanese citizen has been sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to bring drugs into the United States via a cruise ship.

Federal authorities say 38-year-old Dennis "Death" Edwards had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to import over 20 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

On Thursday, Edwards was sentenced to five years behind bars.

According to court documents, Edwards was part of a criminal conspiracy that arranged to import cocaine into the United States via a cruise ship back in 2012.

Edwards was arrested in November of last year when he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport after having been deported from the Dominican Republic.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - Photo: Google Maps
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - Photo: Google Maps

In addition to the prison term, Edwards was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger thanked special agents of Homeland Security Investigations-Newark, deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service, officers with Customs and Border Protection, the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, and officials with the Dominican Republic for their assistance in this case.

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