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970 packets of heroin leads to three years in jail for addicted dealer

Erik Arias, 23, was sentenced Friday morning to three years in prison plus two years post-release supervision for criminal possession of a narcotic.

Judge Kenneth F. Case acknowledged Arias’s own drug problem – his attorney said Arias had been addicted since he was 19. But the judge said the amount of heroin found in Arias’s home and the scope of the opiate crisis convinced him that incarceration was appropriate.

Arias and his mother, Erika Brown, 40, were arrested in February after officers executed a warrant at their West Side home and recovered 970 packets of heroin ready for sale.

Brown sold heroin two times to an undercover officer and pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance – all Class B felonies.

Case previously sentenced her to the same that her son received, three years in prison plus two years of post-release supervision.

When Brown was sentenced, her attorney, John K. Jordan, said that both mother and son were heroin users and they were selling the drug to support their own addictions.

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