A Glouster woman who allegedly co-leads an area drug ring pleaded guilty to the charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony, last Wednesday.

Leesha Santek, 34, appeared in Athens County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to a maximum of seven and a half years and a minimum of five years in prison.

She was charged after an investigation into an alleged area drug ring that reportedly revealed her to be one of its leaders.

Co-defendant in the case Roger Rutter, 50, of Glouster, is alleged to be the other ringleader. He is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $1 million bond for charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated possession of drugs and hunting without permission. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Rutter on June 16.

Santek was arrested in November 2020 after allegedly working with local drug dealers to supply heroin and methamphetamine in Athens and Perry counties, the prosecutor’s office stated. She reportedly purchased and transported the drugs from the Columbus area.

Santek was previously convicted in 2015 of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity related to the sale of narcotics in the Athens County area, according to court documents.

Upon her release, Santek will be placed on post-release control for three years.

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