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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Vermont man whose brother and mother have already pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into a Massachusetts jail has been sentenced to a year behind bars for his involvement in the scheme.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 36-year-old Corey LaPlaca, of Wilder, Vermont, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws and possession of a drug with intent to deliver to prisoners.

Prosecutors say LaPlaca was an inmate at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton in early 2017 when he conspired with his mother and brother to bring oxycodone pills into the facility. They also attempted to smuggle heroin inside.

LaPlaca’s attorney said his client tried to smuggle the drugs because he was being threatened by three other inmates.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.),