- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DENTON, Md. (AP) - Twenty-five people have been sentenced for their involvement in a heroin distribution ring in Caroline County, including the kingpin.

Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan Newell on Monday announced the sentences of the co-defendants, who were indicted last summer. Twenty-eight-year-old Byron Drummond of Denton was found guilty on May 14 of being a drug kingpin and was given a 20-year sentence without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Drummond’s organization distributed more than $42,000 worth of heroin in a three-week period last June.

Newell says plea agreements for the defendants varied based on their involvement, their prior criminal records and addiction issues. The sentences combined to equal more than 200 years, with more than 100 years to serve.

Officials say there are two more related cases awaiting trial.

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