GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Two members of the West Jefferson Parish based Harvey Hustlers street gang were sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday as part of plea agreements with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office.
Bryant Gumms, 24, and his brother, Derrick Gumms, 27 were charged in a 30-count indictment last year.
Each pleaded guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute heroin. The Gumms brothers admitted to roles in gang activity that included funneling cocaine and heroin into the area from Texas. They would sell the narcotics on New Orleans-area streets. The racketeering offense involved the gang's activities from 2006 through 2015.
Judge Henry Sullivan accepted their pleas and handed down the sentences.
The gang, whose roots date to the 1980s in Harvey's Scotsdale neighborhood, would traffic and distribute drugs with the help of its strong arm known as the Murder Squad.
Federal prosecutors handled several Harvey Hustler cases in U.S. District Court in New Orleans in recent years. In February 2015, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office obtained a 30-count grand jury indictment in state court, naming 21 defendants.
The Gumms brothers were sentenced to 20 years for racketeering, 15 years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and 20 years for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Each man also pleaded guilty to being double offenders under the state's habitual offender law.
The sentences will run concurrently.