Hauppauge - (WALK) The convicted leader of a coast-to-coast cocaine ring, will spend up to 13 and a half years behind bars after his sentencing Tuesday.
William Wright, 36, of West Hollywood, California, was the principle figure in what is regarded by prosecutors as one of the largest cocaine distribution rings in the history of Suffolk County. Wright and his crew used luxury cars to transport hundred of kilograms of the drug from Los Angles, CA to Deer Park, LI. (1-kilo = 2.2 lbs).
District Attorney Thomas Spota described Wright as "the architect of a pipeline suppyling west coast cocaine to Suffolk as well as large shipments of marijuana, smuggled from Canada in shipments weighing up to 300 pounds, to Long Island."
The Wright crew hid drugs in secret compartments of cars placed on carrier trucks. The cars were then driving to a home on Polaris Avenue in North Babylon to Richard Occhino and Robert Perticone, who allegedly sold the drugs, then stashed case in automobile hidden compartments for delivery via car-carrier to California, according to prosecutors.
Wright was pursued by law enforcement for three months before his capture in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in October of 2011. Wright said his nearly two years behind bars, in the company of many victims of drug abuse, has taught him a lesson about the harm of his actions.
"The defendant's 11th hour claim that he now understands the dangers of drugs comes from an individual who used his millions in drugs profits to fly on private planes, stay at the best hotels, charge an average of $50,000 to $100,000 monthly on his credit cards, acquire a financial interest in at least ten race horses and buy ownership interest in a number of multimillion dollar homes in Hollywood, California," said Spota, who used the word "decadence" in describing Wright's lifestyle.
"Mr Wright will live his life not in Southern California but in an upstate correctional facility to ponder what misery he's caused by selling cocaine on the streets of Suffolk County, said Spota.