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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Prosecutors says another drug dealer for the Midlands gang the "Gangsta Killa Bloods" was convicted Friday in federal court.

US Attorney Kevin McDonald says a jury convicted 31-year-old Rashawn Raki Wallace of Columbia of selling crack from a house on Fiske Street in Columbia, South Carolina. 

McDonald says because of a prior drug conviction, Wallace faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment and a maximum life sentence. 

Wallace will be sentenced at a later date by a federal judge.

The case comes after a joint FBI-Columbia Violent Gang Task Force investigation into illegal activities of the Gangsta Killer Bloods, a set of the United Blood Nation originating from New York. 

The FBI and Richland County deputies conducted eight undercover buys with Wallace during 2006. Undercover agents bought over fifty grams of crack cocaine.

The guilty verdict comes one week after co-defendant Jarvis McKenzie was convicted in a separate federal trial. McKenzie, one of the primary drug suppliers to the GKB, was found guilty of possessing with intent to distribute and to distributing 50 grams or more of crack and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine;  three counts of use of a telephone to further a drug felony;  and felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  McKenzie faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum life sentence.

McKenzie and Wallace were the last remaining defendants out of 23 people first charged in 2007 in an 87-count indictment against GKB members and others for federal narcotics violations. 

All other defendants have plead guilty to various drug-related offenses.

Posted by Logan Smith

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