- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 26-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge after police discovered $800,000 inside an East Hartford storage locker she was renting.

A judge on Monday sentenced Amanda Gambardella to 46 months behind bars followed by three years of probation.

Prosecutors say Gambardella operated a heroin processing mill in Hartford.

Police say they were acting on a tip in November 2015 when they found the cash inside a locker that Gambardella was renting. Authorities searched her apartment, where they found 1,700 bags of heroin packaged for sale, unpackaged heroin and packaging materials.

Gambardella pleaded guilty in February to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

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