- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say two men involved in a violent drug trafficking ring in Seattle have been sentenced to prison.

The Justice Department says 43-year-old Son Nguyen who was also known as “Nine Fingers,” was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison.

Long Trong, a 43-year-old known as “Black Long,” received a six-year prison sentence.

Officials say both men were mid-level members of the drug ring, distributing drugs and using firearms to enforce rules and protect their territory, which included a Seattle homeless encampment along Interstate 5 known as the Jungle.

A two-year investigation by authorities in multiple agencies revealed an operation that distributed cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine throughout the greater Seattle metro area.

Two leaders of the drug ring face up to life in prison when sentenced next month.


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