- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Vermont mother and son have pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle prescription opioids and heroin into a Massachusetts jail.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports 57-year-old Helen LaPlaca and 34-year-old Kevin LaPlaca both entered their pleas Friday to charges of conspiracy and drug possession.

Prosecutors say police learned through recorded jail calls that the LaPlacas and Kevin LaPlaca’s former girlfriend smuggled oxycodone and tried to bring heroin into the Hampshire County Jail between February and March 2017.

Kevin LaPlaca and his brother were serving six-month sentences in the jail at the time.

A judge has sentenced Kevin LaPlaca to two years in jail with a recommendation for the man to go to drug and alcohol counseling.

His mother has been placed on administrative probation.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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