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Arizona man sentenced on drug-conspiracy charges

BURLINGTON, Vt. — An Arizona man has been sentenced in Vermont federal
court to 2 &frac12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to
distribute oxycodone.

Court records said 52-year-old Mark Karas of Tucson was indicted in 2012 after
police made several controlled purchases of oxycodone from a Vermont man. An
investigation showed Karas was mailing the pills to him from Arizona and was
being paid for them by return mail.

The recipient, 28-year-old Mark Turner of Fairfax, pleaded guilty last year and
was sentenced to time served. Karas was not arrested until last spring,
following a traffic stop in Missouri.


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