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Crime & Courts

Alleged leader of crack cocaine ring sentenced

Terry Griffin, 33, of the 8200 block of South Elizabeth Street in Chicago, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Terry Griffin, 33, of the 8200 block of South Elizabeth Street in Chicago, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

SYCAMORE – The suspected ringleader of a crack cocaine dealing operation who eluded police for five months was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Terry Griffin, 33, of the 8200 block of South Elizabeth Street in Chicago, pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges against him. With credit for time served and good behavior, he likely will have to serve 18 to 20 months in prison before he will be eligible for parole.

Griffin was arrested in October. He had been wanted since May 2013 for his role in a crack cocaine ring in which 12 other people were arrested. Police said Griffin ran the drug operation, with two others running drugs from Chicago to DeKalb County, where they met with users and low-level dealers.

Griffin exchanged less than 100 grams of cocaine with confidential police sources in March 2013, prosecutors said. Griffin initially was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and criminal drug conspiracy-delivery.

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