3 sentenced in north Ga. in marijuana sales ring

ROME, Ga. (AP) - Three men, including an 83-year-old, are the latest to be sentenced to federal prison for taking part in the distribution of hundreds of kilograms of marijuana in Georgia and Tennessee for more than 20 years.

The three sentenced Thursday were the last of 10 sentenced for their roles in importing drugs from Mexico into northwest Georgia and Polk County, Tenn.

Among them was 83-year-old Paul Faulkner, who got a 20-year sentence.

Prosecutors say Jose Hernandez, 40, originally from Mexico, was
sentenced to 20 years, and Vance Rogers, 50, got nearly four years.
Authorities say an investigation found that Faulkner, his son and grandson sold marijuana for nearly two decades and accumulated
assets, including nearly 40 properties.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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