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Latin Street Gang case that netted dozens leads to jail time for 2 more

Two more members of the Latin Kings street gang operating in Pearl River County have been sentenced to jail time for their involvement in a case that resulted in the arrest of more than 20 people back in March of this year.

Kolby Christopher Dragon, 25, of 121 Rovira Rd., Carriere, and Dominick Joseph Bertucci of 3 Jenkins Rd., Carriere; both pleaded guilty to charges that included criminal street gang activity, said Sheriff David Allison.

Bertucci pleaded guilty to charges of sale of methamphetamine, criminal street gang activity and an additional charge of possession of a contraband in a correctional facility that stemmed from correctional officer finding a homemade shank in his possession while he was in the county jail, Allison said. For his guilty plea for those charges, Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo gave him 40 years with 15 to serve day for day due to his status as a habitual offender. The remaining 25 years will be spent under post release supervision with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Dragon pleaded  guilty to the charges of sale of methamphetamine, and criminal street gang activity. Mozingo sentenced him as a habitual offender to 16 years in prison with seven to be served day for day and the remaining nine in post release supervision with MDOC, Allison said.

Bertucci received a stiffer sentence due to there being five counts of sale of a controlled substance against him and because of the additional contraband in a correctional facility offense, Allison said.

Earlier this month the leader of the local chapter of the street gang, 24-year-old Kyle Kathman of 1016 Timberwood Dr., was given 30 years for his part in the case, previous coverage states.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Clay Cranford.

“I would like to thank Cranford for all of his hard work in prosecuting these and all of our cases,” Allison said.

The sheriff said he expects more suspects involved in this case to be sentenced as they make their way through the criminal justice system.