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Synthetic drugs lead to prison

A man arrested this year after an investigation into synthetic drugs was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for his role in running a racket.

In January, Andrew Szabo, 27, was arrested on charges of corrupt business influence, maintaining a common nuisance and three counts of neglect of a dependent. He pleaded guilty in June.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to eight years on the charge of corrupt business influence and two years on the charge of maintaining a common nuisance. The terms will be served one after the other. The neglect charge was dismissed.

Also arrested in the case were Joseph Szabo Jr., 34, and Derrick Banks, 36. Szabo Jr. was charged with dealing in a synthetic drug within 500 feet of a park, corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance. Banks was charged with corrupt business influence. Both are now in Allen Superior Court’s Drug Court program.