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Originally published Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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Drug ring leader sentenced in Seattle to 15 years

Leaders of a multi-million dollar drug distribution ring were sentenced this week in federal court in Seattle to 15 years in prison for conspiracy and money laundering.

The Associated Press

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So let see, 15 years times $40,000 cost per inmate in WA prisons puts taxpayers out... MORE

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SEATTLE —

Leaders of a multi-million dollar drug distribution ring were sentenced this week in federal court in Seattle to 15 years in prison for conspiracy and money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says 38-year-old Drew Yim of Burien is the leader of a group that distributed a variety of illegal drugs from Mexico to Canada and east across the United States.

The federal government also has seized more than a million dollars in cash, multiple vehicles, a boat and real estate from Yim.

Yim admits in his plea agreement, he led a criminal enterprise with dozens of conspirators. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday.

YIM and 13 others were arrested a year ago. Four additional defendants are fugitives and two are pending extradition from Canada.

His wife, Svetlana Angel Yim, was convicted last month of drug distribution and money laundering charges following a four week trial.

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