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Judge sentences local drug traffickers

Two Greenville men have been sentenced to a combined 21 years in federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking ring.

On Wednesday, Brian Javoris Walker, 29, received a 10-year sentence, with Willie Pereze Boggan, 27, received a sentence of 135 months, or approximately 11 years.

In November of 2011, Boggan and Walker were indicted on distributing cocaine across county lines with the help of eight other individuals.

“Willie Boggan and Brian Walker were involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine,” said Lt. Byron Russell, commander of the Second Judicial Task Force. “They called us and got us involved with it.”

The investigation began in Butler County on August 1, 2011 when the Second Judicial Task Force discovered Boggan carrying three ounces of cocaine. Later that same month, the Task Force stopped Walker who was carrying an ounce and half of cocaine.

“We arrested them on the state level but it was for the conspiracy case,” Russell said. “That’s what we did and when they were ready to pick everyone up, we assisted the Federal Marshals and the DEA in arresting these two guys.”

Russell said because both individuals will be kept on the federal level rather than the state level, they will have no parole and will serve a longer sentence.

“They were both on probation for distribution,” Russell said. “We arrested both of them back in 2008 for distribution and they went to prison on state charges, got out and got right back at it.”