Judge sentences suspected drug ring leader 'Hammer Bob' to more than 10 years in federal prison

Judge sentences suspected drug ring leader 'Hammer Bob' to more than 10 years in federal prison

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man investigators believe was the leader of a drug ring has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Darryl Cobb, also known as "Hammer Bob," 33, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced in federal court by a judge Thursday to 10 years, four months. He was also ordered to five years supervised probation once he is released. Cobb pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Cobb was one of nine members of a suspected drug ring indicted in an investigation called "Operation Drop the Hammer." Authorities believe Cobb and the others started their drug ring around December 2009.

The US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana said Cobb bought "substantial amounts" of cocaine, some of which he and another man cooked up into crack. Officials added they also believe he several people deliver cocaine and crack to customers and collect payments.

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