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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Des Arc man whom federal prosecutors say was the leader of a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine in central Arkansas has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 52-year-old Norman Berry also was given five years of supervised release.

    Berry pleaded guilty in September to counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors dismissed the remaining counts against him.

    Prosecutors say Berry admitted to distributing between five and 15 kilograms of methamphetamine and to being an organizer or leader of the drug conspiracy.

    Berry's attorney, Hubert Alexander, declined to comment on Wednesday.

    A federal grand jury indicted 31 people in 2010 in an operation dubbed "Evil Eye." Twenty-seven have pleaded guilty.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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