BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A 31-year-old Lowell man was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison, where there is no such thing as parole, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin in Vermont.

Chandara Sam, 31, of Lowell, was arrested in April of 2013 in White River Junction, Vt., after he sold about 40 grams of heroin to individuals who were working with law enforcement, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney's office. Sam has been held since his arrest.

Sam pleaded guilty to the charges in July of 2013, but was not sentenced until Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions sentenced Sam to 168 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Sam was part of a larger heroin distribution ring that smuggled a particularly strong type of heroin from Chicago to Vermont from 2011 to 2013.

Two other men, Edward Chavin and Christopher Nelson, are also facing charges in connection with the drug ring's operations. The U.S. attorney's office did not say where Chavin and Nelson are from.

Following Sam's arrest in Vermont, police in Lowell searched his apartment and found about 30 grams of heroin, about $47,000 in cash, parts for a .45 caliber handgun, and digital scales, according to prosecutors.

Sam faced a maximum of up to 40 years in prison.

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