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Police Break Alleged Heroin Ring

White River Junction — A Lowell, Mass., man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sold 45 grams of heroin in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Sykes Mountain Avenue, federal authorities said.

The type of heroin that Chandara “Po” Sam, 30, sold to an informant cooperating with the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force is unusually potent and has been responsible for several overdoses, officials said.

Sam is part of a heroin distribution ring, federal officials said, that brought the drug from Chicago to the Burlington area. Two other alleged members of the ring were arrested in January at a hotel room in Essex. Their arrests came after a person overdosed in a nearby room, officials said.

Authorities said that Sam had been traveling to Vermont to distribute heroin since at least May 2012. Authorities said they executed a search warrant at his home in Lowell, Mass., and found 30 grams of heroin, bullets, $40,000-$50,000 cash, part of a .45 caliber hand gun, and two digital scales.

Sam will appear in U.S. District Court in the coming days to answer to a charge of heroin distribution, which carries a 20-year maximum sentence.

— Mark Davis