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Duluth meth ring leader gets 11 years in prison

DULUTH -- A leader of what's been called one of the largest meth rings in the Northland's history was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison.

Jimmy Jo Korf, 27, who grew up on the Iron Range and has lived in Duluth and St. Paul, pleaded guilty to distributing more than 15 kilograms of meth.

While his charge typically would carry a longer prison sentence, Korf cooperated with federal authorities and provided information on co-

conspirators and locations of drugs, according to court records.

Korf is one of nearly 30 people who were arraigned for being part of the drug ring, which was investigated by local, state and federal authorities for more than three years and saw the seizure of more than $2 million worth of methamphetamines.

Thirteen people, including many from the Duluth area, were sentenced in federal court last week for their involvement in the meth ring.