- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Guatemalan man has been sentenced in Vermont to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday that 35-year-old Diego Walther Anibal Mejia Paredes conspired with a South Londonderry, Vermont, resident to ship large quantities of heroin from Guatemala to various addresses in southeastern Vermont in 2015.

Prosecutors say customs officials discovered more than 41 kilograms of heroin in one shipment addressed to a restaurant in Manchester Center, Vermont.

Paredes has been in custody since his arrest in October 2015.

His co-defendant, Marco Antonio Lam Peralta, also pleaded guilty in August, but prosecutors say he has since filed a motion to withdraw his plea.

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