Jury Convicts Alleged Leader of Ohio Heroin Ring

By Nina Settappa

Jury Convicts Alleged Leader of Ohio Heroin Ring

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2009 at 8:15 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a man the government said was the leader of an Ohio ring that moved more than
$1 million in heroin a year.

Fifty-four-year-old Ronald Kelsor was found guilty Monday on all 22 counts against him, including conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin, and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug crime.

Kelsor was arrested last year and was one of 32 people charged in a ring that authorities said moved Mexican heroin between Marysville, north of Columbus, to southeast Ohio's Nelsonville. His was the only case to go to trial; 29 other defendants made plea deals, and two died.

Kelsor faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. A message for comment was left Tuesday for his attorney, Frederick Benton Jr.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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