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May 17, 2014 11:38 AM by AP

4 facing prison in drug, gun case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says four men have been sentenced to prison terms in connection with drug and weapon charges as a result of a joint investigation involving federal agents and New Orleans police.

The probe involved crack cocaine and gun charges. All four men pleaded guilty.

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Hilliard was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison; 25-year-old Christian Johnson, to 19 years; 23-year-old Willie Hilliard received a one-year sentence, while 24-year-old James Brown was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's Friday news release said the investigation was led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. They worked together as part of the New Orleans Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

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