Newport News gang member sentenced to 30 years

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson sentenced a Newport News gang member to 30 years in prison on Tuesday.

In a news release, authorities say 31-year-old Eric Pridgen participated in a conspiracy to distribute drugs as part of the Thug Relations gang. He also received five years of supervised release as part of his sentence, according to Inayat Delawala with the the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to federal authorities, Pridgen pleaded guilty in March. Court documents show he and others including his brother Herbert Pridgen distributed large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in the Denbigh section of the city, and firearms and violence were involved.

The FBI, Virginia State Police, Newport News Police and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt prosecuted this case.

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