THE WORLDPOST
10/26/2011 02:52 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2011

Angel Ayala Vazquez, Puerto Rico Top Drug Dealer, Sentenced To Life

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A man once considered Puerto Rico's top drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Angel Ayala Vazquez was found guilty in April of conspiracy to distribute drugs. He had been accused of importing cocaine from Colombia and distributing it to the U.S. and across Puerto Rico.

Ayala was considered a Robin Hood figure to some. He often promoted reggaeton stars and paid for concerts at public housing projects during the holiday season. The popular duo Wisin y Yandel were called as witnesses to testify before a grand jury.

Ayala was captured in June 2010 after a seven-year investigation. He was sentenced on Wednesday.