- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two members of a New Orleans gang have been sentenced to more than 20 years apiece in prison.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET’) says 23-year-old Alfred Cobbins was sentenced to 21 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday; 22-year-old Shawn Gracin received a sentence of 22 years and six months in the same case.

Polite said both men were sentenced in a drug conspiracy and weapons case. Court records show both men entered plea agreements in December. The case involved distribution of cocaine in New Orleans, as well as violence involving a rival gang.

Prosecutors said Cobbins and Gracin were members of a gang known as the “Young Melph Mafia,” which operated in the area of the former Melpomene Housing Project.

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