- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who prosecutors say was the leader of a central Ohio drug ring has been slapped with a 25-year prison sentence.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1UGG9lH ) reports that 44-year-old James DeJarnette was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to 15 counts including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and trafficking in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

DeJarnette was indicted last year based on search warrants and wiretaps conducted through a joint investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The plea agreement allows him to apply for judicial release after serving nearly half of the prison sentence.

His brother, 43-year-old Joseph DeJarnette, and 10 other defendants previously pleaded guilty in the case. Joseph DeJarnette was sentenced in March to nine years in prison.

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