Man gets more than 4 years in prescription drugs case

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A New London man who authorities say was arrested twice within two weeks last year for selling prescription narcotics is headed to prison.

The Day reports that 28-year-old Matthew Branch was sentenced Monday in New London to four-and-a-half years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics with intent to sell under the Alford Doctrine, meaning he doesn’t agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there’s enough to convict.

Authorities say investigators arranged for a witness to purchase pills from Branch out of a Groton motel before raiding it in July 2015. They arrested Branch and seized dozens of Oxycontin tablets. Investigators say they then learned that Branch kept selling drugs while free on bond.

Branch’s lawyer says his client sold drugs to support his own habit.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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