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Drug dealer for Columbia gang gets 40 years in jail

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A convicted drug dealer for the Midlands gang Gangsta Killa Bloods was sentenced to 40 years in jail Friday.

U.S. Attorney W. Walter Wilkins says 31-year-old Jarvis McKenzie, a.k.a. "Jay Rock," of Columbia, was sentenced in federal court on drug and firearm charges. A federal jury convicted McKenzie in April 2008 following a four-day trial. 

McKenzie was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute 50 grams or more of crack and five kilograms or more of cocaine, three counts of use of a telephone to further a drug felony, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 

The case arose out of an investigation by the FBI-led Columbia Violent Gang Task Force into the illegal activities of members of the Gangsta Killer Bloods set of the Bloods street gang. The FBI obtained information from confidential sources, cooperating defendants, and federally issued wiretaps. Twenty-four members and associates of the Bloods gang were convicted as part of this investigation.          

The investigation identified McKenzie as one of the primary suppliers of cocaine and crack cocaine to the gang members. Evidence showed that during the conspiracy, McKenzie was involved in the distribution of over 65 kilograms of cocaine and more than 34 kilograms of crack cocaine.

In January 2007, federal agents executed nine federal search warrants at various residences, including McKenzie's. Agents seized over $250,000 in cash from McKenzie's residence, as well as two automobiles and two firearms. Over $320,000 in cash was seized overall in the nine searches.

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