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Leader in Athens-Detroit drug ring sentenced to 10 years in prison

One of the leaders of an Athens-Detroit drug ring was sentenced to 10 mandatory years in prison, after appearing Tuesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court before Judge George McCarthy.

One of the leaders of an Athens-Detroit drug ring was sentenced to 10 mandatory years in prison, after appearing Tuesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court before Judge George McCarthy.

Derek James Gyure, 26, of Glouster, pleaded guilty to all 16 counts in an indictment filed against him in July.

"Mr. Gyure was a major player in drug trafficking here in Athens County," Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn’s said in a news release. "He played a key role in the transporting and distributing the drugs that came into our region from Detroit."

The release said that Gyure will also serve five years of community control on his release after 10 years in prison. It also states that Gyure will be subject to another 10 years behind the bars if he chooses to violate the condition.

The state of Ohio filed for forfeiture of Gyure's house at 13 Spring St. in Glouster, which served as the center of his drug operation. The state also field for forfeiture of $18,087 seized from Gyure in addition to a 2002 Ford Explorer and number of firearms he possessed.

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