Cobb man smuggled cocaine in children’s toys through U.S. mail

A Cobb County man has been sentenced to serve nearly two decades in prison for smuggling cocaine in children’s toys through the United States Postal Service. Marlon Matthew Pittman was sentenced to 17 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg.

Pittman, 45, of Mableton, will also have to serve eight years on probation and give up the home he purchased using drug money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said.

Pittman, who pleaded guilty in August on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit money laundering, was the last of three men convicted of operating a money- and drug-smuggling ring through the mail, federal prosecutors said.

Pittman and Puerto Rico residents Vladimir Collazo-Florido, 44, and Carlos Gonzalez-Catala, 42, hid cocaine inside children’s toys and powdered milk cans and shipped those items from the U.S. territory to Atlanta. All three men were previously convicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

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