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Drug trafficker on the run for 6 years sentenced to 27 years

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A drug trafficker who was running from justice for six years was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday.

He was also ordered to forfeit more than $13 million in proceeds for his crimes.

Yehia Hassen, a 36-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and one count of attempted money laundering.

In his plea, he admitted he was part of a large drug trafficking organization in Kansas City, Kansas.

Drugs smuggled from Mexico were taken to Kansas City, then to Hassan in Richmond. Overall, Hassan received more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from KC.

The organization used commercial and personal vehicles for shipping the drugs to Kansas City and taking money to Mexico for drugs.

Hassan was released before he was sentenced and fled during that time. He used fake identities to avoid being taken into custody until he was arrested in the Republic of Cyrus in the Mediterranean on April 28.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall commended the agencies and individuals who took part in “Operation Load Runner.” That included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt.

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