Prosecutors in Washington described Gregory Sitzmann as a high-level international drug dealer, participating in a drug and money laundering conspiracy for more than a decade.
Sitzmann, 61, convicted this week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, now faces a mandatory minimum 20-year prison term when he is sentenced, prosecutors said today. A jury convicted him Monday for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
Prosecutors said Sitzmann’s drug and money laundering ring operated out of the United States, Italy, Spain, Colombia and other countries. Sitzmann was indicted in August 2008. Prosecutors said Sitzmann delayed trial for years as he raced through defense lawyers while making demands to represent himself.
“Gregory Sitzmann was a high-flying international cocaine trafficker who eluded justice for decades,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. said in a statement. “He will now remain behind bars to contemplate the countless lives destroyed by the drugs he distributed for so many years.”