52-year-old John Kirk Ortego and 40-year-old Jared "J-Rat" Reed - both of Ville Platte - were sentenced on Monday in United States District Court for buying with the intent to sell methamphetamine.

Each of the two co-defendants pled guilty for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute from January through June 2019. Court documents say Reed used his cell phone to arrange to buys and he and Ortego bought the methamphetamine so they could resale it for a profit.

Ortego was sentenced to 4 years, 9 months in prison; Reed was sentenced to 3 years, 6 months.