Twin 41-year-old brothers from Gainesville have been sentenced for selling crack cocaine to informants with the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.
Kecole Dukes received eight years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release. Kemeca Dukes received seven years, six months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release.
The sentencing took place Tuesday, Aug. 7, in federal court.
Messages left Wednesday morning with their attorneys have not yet been returned.
Kemeca Dukes pleaded guilty March 23 to one count of distributing crack cocaine.
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.
Both brothers were on parole after being 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,” the office said.
Federal prosecutors said the brothers conspired to sell crack cocaine between August 2015 and October 2016 to informants with the MANS unit and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“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 case was investigated by ATF and the Hall County MANS.
“Crack cocaine continues to be a scourge in our communities, particularly in North Georgia,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said.
“These defendants have multiple state convictions for distributing crack cocaine in the past. Their sentences today demonstrate the serious consequences that career drug dealers face when they are convicted in federal court.”