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Gang members plead guilty to distributing more than 5 kg of cocaine

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Two drug dealers associated with a Memphis gang pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute several kilograms of cocaine.

According to U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III, 37-year-old Joe Jones and 36-year-old Tavious Swift supplied cocaine in neighborhoods associated with the Seventh Street Murda Squad.

The gang is comprised of Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords and other neighborhood gangs and has a reputation of violence. It's primarily based in residential parts of northern Memphis.

Between 2012 and 2015, if not longer, Jones and Swift worked together with other co-conspirators to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine throughout West Tennessee.

Jones would buy cocaine from a supplier by the quarter-kilogram, then distribute it throughout Memphis. Swift bought cocaine by the ounce from Jones, then distributed it himself. Both men managed stash houses where they would keep large quantities of cocaine and package it for distribution.

In April 2015, 16 people accused of being members or associates of the Seventh Street Murda Squad were indicted on federal drug charges. Swift and Jones were among those charged.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine on Monday.

Both face a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Jones and Swift may also have to pay a fine up to $10 million.

Jones and Swift are scheduled to be sentenced in May 2016.

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