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Twin Gainesville brothers convicted on crack cocaine distribution charges

Twin brothers from Gainesville were convicted of selling crack cocaine to informants with the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

Kecole and Kemeca Dukes, 40, were convicted in federal court. Kemeca Dukes pleaded guilty March 23 to one count of distributing crack cocaine, while Kecole Dukes was found guilty March 29 by a jury of “conspiring to possess with intent to distribute at least 28 grams of crack cocaine and distributing at least 28 grams of crack cocaine and three counts of distributing crack cocaine,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Defense attorneys Steven Berne and Adam Hames did not return a call for comment.

Both brothers were on parole after a crack cocaine sale sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Crack cocaine is still a scourge in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak in a statement. “These defendants are career offenders, and have multiple convictions for distributing crack cocaine in the past. They are now facing lengthy sentences in federal prison where there is no parole.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the brothers conspired to sell crack cocaine between August 2015 and October 2016 to the MANS unit’s and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ informants.

“Kemeca Dukes was the primary contact for the informants and sold varying quantities of crack cocaine to them on 10 occasions,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Kecole Dukes sold or provided crack cocaine to the informants on three occasions and acted as a lookout for his brother on other occasions when Kemeca Dukes met with the informants to sell them crack cocaine.”

The Dukes were convicted for selling crack cocaine in 2011 in Hall County Superior Court, and they were released in 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Both brothers were back selling crack cocaine less than a year later,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

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