3 area men sentenced in cocaine ring

Three area men who pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine were sentenced to prison terms Wednesday, authorities said.

Curtis Houston, 36, of Bryans Road, Saquon Bethea, 32, of Temple Hills and William Smith, 33, of the District pleaded guilty to federal narcotics conspiracy charges in September, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District.

On Wednesday, Houston was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Bethea and Smith received seven-year terms.

Houston gave powder and crack cocaine to Bethea, Smith and others, authorities said, and Bethea and Smith distributed it.

All three must also forfeit thousands of dollars, authorities said, with Houston ordered to pay $168,000.

Their arrests were part of a broader investigation that led to the conviction of 18 other people, authorities said, and the seizure of dozens of guns and thousands of dollars in cash and drugs.

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