Heroin packets, a syringe and spoon are shown. (credit: AP Graphics)

Heroin packets, a syringe and spoon are shown. (credit: AP Graphics)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Dallas man who helped run a heroin ring in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

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Prosecutors linked Refugio Ramirez-Garcia, 35, to heroin distribution cases going back to 2006. Ramirez-Garcia in January pleaded guilty to drug-related conspiracy counts.

Dallas police in a March 2006 drug raid seized more than 5 pounds of black tar heroin from the suspect’s apartment, plus cocaine, nearly $67,000 and three digital scales.

Investigators say Ramirez-Garcia, who was sentenced Monday in Dallas, admitted the cash was from heroin sales.

Ramirez-Garcia, aka “Cuco,” “Refugio,” “Miguel,” and “Arturo Ramirez,” was also arrested in August 2012 while in possession of approximately 10 ounces of black tar heroin.

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Five co-defendants earlier were convicted and sentenced to prison terms range from 15 months to 15 years.

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