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Crack Dealer Gets Life in Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A convicted Tampa-area drug dealer has been
sentenced to life in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said 48-year-old Ronald "Shine"
Jiles of Zephyrhills was sentenced to life for possessing crack
cocaine with intent to sell. He pleaded guilty Sept. 1 and was
sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors said Jiles' extensive criminal history warranted the
life sentence. He had eight prior felony drug convictions.

His latest arrest came in May during a raid of his residence,
where Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 191 grams of
crack cocaine. Undercover agents had previously bought crack from
him there.

The raid came during an ongoing investigation of cocaine
smuggling and distribution in Pasco County, north of Tampa.


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