|Updated: 4/18/2012 4:43 pm
||Published: 4/18/2012 1:55 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced two men involved in a massive drug ring in eastern Arkansas to prison.
Sedrick "Binky" Trice was sentenced to 40 years and Dempsey Word received a prison term of more than 16 years on Wednesday.
Trice pleaded guilty last year to a drug charge and a firearms charge. Prosecutors agreed to drop the rest of the charges against him in exchange for a proposed 40-year prison sentence.
Word meanwhile pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge in January.
Both men were indicted in a drug and corruption investigation dubbed "Operation Delta Blues."
The investigation centered on Helena-West Helena and also netted law enforcement officers. Federal prosecutors say more than a dozen people have entered guilty pleas in the case so far.
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