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Man Gets Prison Time For Selling Sugar As Heroin

 LEBANON, Pa. -- A Lebanon County man was stunned Wednesday when a judge told him that he would be sentenced to two to four years in state prison for trying to sell a bag of sugar as heroin.

Judge Bradford Charles told Acadio Saez Jr. he was giving him the jail time because of his prior record, which the judge said is extensive.

Charles told Saez he could withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial, but if convicted he could then face as much as 10 years in prison.

Saez decided to accept the sentence, but later complained that he was originally offered a plea deal calling for 18 months in prison, later revised to 14 months.

The judge said the two-year minimum came from him, not from prosecutors.

Charles also fined Saez $100 on a charge of delivery of a counterfeit substance. Authorities said Saez offered to sell heroin to two undercover officers Dec. 27, 2002, and gave them the package containing sugar, after which he was arrested.

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