2 plead guilty in huge drug ring

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

FORT MITCHELL, KY (FOX19) - Two men pled guilty Thursday for their roles in a large drug conspiracy in Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Vernon Ross, 34, of Detroit, Mich. and Willie Stokes, 33, of Covington, Ky. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Stokes and Ross were the final defendants to enter guilty pleas in this case. The other 10 members of the conspiracy have previously entered guilty pleas. Cumulatively, members of the group admitted to distributing more than 4.5 kilograms of crack and powder cocaine from January of 2006 to June of 2008.

Ross admitted to distributing over 500 grams of crack cocaine; Stokes admitted to more than five grams of crack and over 50 grams of powder cocaine. Both defendants primarily distributed the drugs in Kenton and Boone Counties.

They will be sentenced on March 19, 2010. Ross faces up to life in prison while Stokes faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life.

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