A 39-year-old man described as an "enforcer" in a violent drug trafficking organization that brought hundreds of pounds of cocaine from Houston to the Baton Rouge area was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Thursday.

Colin Knox, of Baton Rouge, was found guilty in March for his role in the large-scale drug ring. Trial testimony indicated Knox used violence and threats of violence to protect the trafficking organization.

Knox, who has prior firearms convictions, and Demitoris "Big Tachi" Alexander, 52, of Gonzales, were the last of 38 defendants convicted following an extensive probe that led to their indictment in 2015.

Alexander was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month in the federal case, and his son, Tachi "Little Tachi" Williams, 32, of Gonzales, was sentenced last year to nine years in prison in the case.

Alexander and Williams have pending murder charges in Ascension Parish stemming from a fatal 2014 shooting.


Follow Joe Gyan Jr. on Twitter, @JoeGyanJr.