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Former college basketball star sentenced to 16 years in federal prison

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Man gets 16 years for running gun, coke ring

Gyasi Cline-Heard, a former overseas basketball player, was sentenced Monday to more than 16 years in federal prison.

Cline-Heard, 33, pleaded guilty to running a cocaine and gun ring in Pinellas and Pasco counties from 2010 until his arrest in February, when he was picked up during a raid at a house in Tarpon Springs. Cline-Heard's tattoo shop in Palm Harbor, Legacy Tattoo, was also raided, along with his house in Trinity.

Four dozen guns were found during the raids. The enormity of the stockpile of weapons — most of them assault rifles and machine guns with rounds that could penetrate officers' vests and cruisers — shocked authorities. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the guns seized were "to kill people and to keep their drug operation going."

Former college basketball star sentenced to 16 years in federal prison 11/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:01pm]
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