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Johnson City's 'New York boys' drug ring leader sentenced to life in prison, says 'nightmare isn't over'

September 27th, 2011 6:27 am by Jamie Satterfield

GREENEVILLE — Convicted in a massive drug pipeline headquartered in Johnson City and spanning from New York to Atlanta and staring at a life sentence Monday, Sunnah Maddox just shrugged.

"We all share a common likeness," Maddox said, directly addressing the men who toppled his "New York boys" organization. "That's a tenacity to win. I'm not mad at you. You did your jobs. I'll be back. This nightmare isn't over."

Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Maddox, already twice convicted in New York before moving his operation to Johnson City in 2008, to a mandatory life term after a brief hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. By contrast, the trial that saw Maddox and a half-dozen minions convicted of trafficking in millions of dollars worth of cocaine, crack and marijuana spanned a month.

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