‘King of Polk County cocaine’ sentenced to prison

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The man dubbed the “king of Polk County cocaine’ has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for operating a violent drug ring.

Tennille Alton Sanders was arrested with 50 other people in late 2009 and charged with money laundering. Federal prosecutors also charged him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Friday.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd gave Sanders the title after authorities dismantled the drug ring, which netted about $1 million a month. It was one of the largest drug cases in Bartow’s history.

The newspaper also reports that Sanders paid $20,000 to “even the score” with rival drug dealers who shot him in 2009.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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