ST. LOUIS -- Fleet Wallace Maull, convicted as the ringleader of a drug ring that smuggled $24 million worth of cocaine from South America into the United States, Friday was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Edward L. Filippine ordered the sentence to be followed by three years of special probation.
Filippine also said Maull must forfeit money from the sale of his home in Boulder, Colo., and a 58-foot boat, dubbed the 'Spice of Life,' because they were bought with profits from drug dealings.
The money from the sale of the two properties, said be worth about $350,000, will go to the U.S. Treasury. The boat had been seized in the Virgin Islands.
Maull, a member of the St. Louis family that markets a barbecue sauce under the family name, was said to have operated the drug ring in seven states from 1977 until 1984.
Maull, 35, who formerly lived in St. Louis, was convicted in September on all five counts including a count that came under the so-called Kingpin Statute, which concerns running a continuing criminal enterprise. The statute carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison without parole and a maximum of life.
Maull also was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, importing cocaine, attempting to import cocaine and traveling in interstate commerce to promote the sale of cocaine.
A co-defendant, Ernest Braidlow, 36, of St. Louis County, had been convicted of conspiracy but was acquitted on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute. Braidlow was said to be a heavy user of cocaine, but not a dealer.