• Mass. man sentenced for Vt heroin ring
    The Associated Press | January 15,2014
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    BURLINGTON — Vermont officials say a co-leader of a heroin distribution ring that sold a potent form of the drug around Burlington has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

    Chandara “Po” Sam, of Lowell, Mass., was sentenced Monday for conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin between 2011 and 2013.

    U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III rejected Sam’s request to fire his lawyer after hearing testimony from one of Sam’s conspirators, who testified for the government.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan said Sam helped set up the operation to transport the drugs from Chicago to Vermont through Lowell, Mass.

    Police say several people overdosed on the heroin.
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