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Theft, drug ring broken up in Va., Tenn., authorities say

A federal prosecutor in Virginia says five men have been convicted of participating in a two-state ring that stole construction, farm and lawn equipment and sold it or traded it for drugs.

Two Tennessee men pleaded guilty Wednesday in Abingdon, Virginia, to conspiracy to transport stolen motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

An Abingdon man pleaded guilty to the same charge, along with drug distribution and two counts of receiving a stolen vehicle.

One other defendant entered a guilty plea and a jury convicted another. Six other ring members previously pleaded guilty.

Maximum sentences range from five years to 45 years. Sentencings are set for various dates this spring.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 7:19 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Narcotics , Virginia  
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