- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A man who led a large-scale heroin and cocaine distribution ring in northern New Jersey has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

State authorities say Otis Clyburn must serve half of the term imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole. The 46-year-old Paterson had pleaded guilty in June to charges of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, conspiracy and money laundering.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says Clyburn was the ringleader of a drug network that used several stash houses around Paterson and involved six alleged associates.

Authorities started investigating Clyburn and the drug ring in 2012. During their investigation, state police seized more than 1,500 bricks of heroin and more than 1,500 vials of powder cocaine, 167 bags of crack cocaine and $438,511 in cash.

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