ROSSVILLE, GA. (AP) - A north Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison on federal narcotics and money laundering charges.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old John Gregory Alvarez of Rossville was sentenced in federal court in Atlanta Friday for leading a trafficking organization that distributed the prescription drug Oxycodone.

He received 21 years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release.

He pleaded guilty to the charges August 5.

Prosecutors say a joint local and federal investigation led to the dismantling of a large-scale drug trafficking ring.

Investigators say Alvarez was the leader of the 13-member ring, which got the majority of its pills from doctors in Florida.

The pills were then distributed in Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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