Leader in 'Delta Blues' drug case gets 40 years
LITTLE ROCK — One of the leaders of a large drug ring in eastern Arkansas broken up last year by a sweeping federal investigation has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Sedrick Trice, 28, acknowledged in an earlier guilty plea that he was a top-level drug trafficker. He was indicted along with dozens of others in Operation Delta Blues, a massive investigation into drug-dealing and corruption in eastern Arkansas.
Trice, the first defendant in the case to plead guilty, oversaw an operation that distributed large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, authorities have said.
An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette investigation found Trice should have been in prison after a 2007 probation revocation that drew a 20-year sentence.