Two men were sentenced to 10 years in prison this week as federal prosecutors seek to close the books on a large illegal drug ring they say operated out of Latrobe Homes in East Baltimore.
Judges sentenced Raymond Williams, 36, on Thursday, and Melvin Thompson, 31, on Tuesday. The two were charged in a case officials called Operation Usual Suspects that nabbed a total of 66 defendants in March 2011, including "The Wire" actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. Numerous other defendants have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Officials alleged the defendants were involved with a conspiracy to traffic between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana starting in at least 2008. A federal indictment charging 31 of the defendants also alleged violent crimes were committed to keep the organization going.
Pearson pleaded guilty in state court in 2011 to conspiracy to sell heroin, and got a suspended seven-year prison sentence and probation.