Two men involved in a drug ring that stretched across the country have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges this week. Robert Edward Sargent, Jr., and Kenny Jones, both of Newport News, Virginia, pleaded guilty to multiple drug-related charges in a Virginia court and both are now facing sentences of up to life in prison.
According to court documents, Sargent headed a ring of drug traffickers that moved both cocaine and marijuana from California to New York and locations all over the South using several people as couriers and distributors. Jones was reportedly a courier in Sargent's drug network. More than two dozen other people have been arrested and charged with crimes in relation to Sargent's drug organization, of which 10 have pleaded guilty so far and are currently awaiting sentencing. A jury trial is scheduled for the remaining defendants in July. Sargent is scheduled to be sentenced in July, while Jones is scheduled to be sentenced this June.