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16 sentenced in Red Lake cocaine ring

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sixteen people have been sentenced in Bemidji this week in connection with a large-scale cocaine distribution ring on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

South Dakota's U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley announced the sentencings Thursday. His office is handling the case because the Minnesota U.S. attorney's office recused itself due to a potential conflict.

Jackley said the investigation led to a total of 34 indictments. Two defendants were previously sentenced, charges against one person were dismissed and 15 defendants await sentencing.

One of the people sentenced is Herbert Melvin May, a former Red Lake police officer.