Apr 18, 2016 11:14 AM

Man caught in Nashua with 200 grams of heroin gets 10 years in prison

NASHUA - A Vermont ex-convict will spend 10 years in prison after he was caught with 200 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun.

Police pulled over a car that was operating erratically in May 2014. During the stop, passenger Robert Orth, 30, of South Ryegate, Vt., became argumentative and yelled at another occupant in the car to "take the (stuff and) run and hide it." The man grabbed a jacket inside the vehicle and ran from the scene. During the foot pursuit, the occupant dropped the jacket which contained 200 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun. Orth later admitted the handgun belonged to him.

Orth was sentenced on federal charges of possessing with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, possessing a firearm in furtherance of his heroin trafficking, and possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon.

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