(WAFB) - One of the members of a large, violent drug trafficking ring was sentenced Thursday.
United States District Attorney Brandon Fremin announced on June 14 that Colin Knox, 39, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted on all charges brought against him. The trial in March lasted six days.
Evidence presented at trial showed Knox acted as an enforcer, using violence and threats to protect Kelly Williams and the organization as a whole. On at least two occasions, Knox tried to get guns and an untraceable vehicle to find and hurt others who were involved in disputes with Williams.
Knox was the final defendant of 38 people convicted as part of Operation Third World, an extensive investigation into a violent drug trafficking network operating out of Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish. The leader of the drug ring, Demitoris Alexander, was sentenced to life in jail on June 7.
Officials with the Department of Justice say Knox is currently serving a 10 year sentence for a conviction in 2015 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At the time of the offense, Knox was still under supervision after serving an 8 year sentence for a conviction in 2004 for the same charge.
"This 30 year sentence turns the last page in the final chapter of a career of violence and drug peddling for Mr. Knox. East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and the surrounding communities are better for it. I salute the outstanding efforts of the numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who joined forces yet again to effectively combat a violent drug trafficking organization. Special thanks for the hard work and dedication of our prosecutors who spent countless hours in this extremely important matter," said Fremin.