The leader of the Detroit gang was sentenced to life in prison

Detroit – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a gang leader who reportedly killed a man in 2017 to defame a fellow gang member to life in prison.

Dwayne Peterson, 37, of Detroit, the leader of This Is Just Us, was convicted in December of murder, racketeering, drug trafficking and other gang-related crimes. US District Judge Robert H. Cleland imposed a mandatory life sentence on Peterson, who operated a four-state heroin and fentanyl operation.

Prosecutors accused Peterson of leading a racketeering conspiracy from 2014-19 that involved dealing in painkillers, fentanyl-laced heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and murders and violent assaults.

“The group boasted 40 members. From 2014 to early 2019, IJU terrorized the Detroit community by engaging in acts of violence, obstruction of justice and intimidation of witnesses,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan said in a press release.

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