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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

A Churchill man will spend six months in prison and six months on home confinement for selling prescription drug samples to two pharmacists, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Lawrence A. Swanson, 54, pleaded guilty in September to unlawfully selling drug samples. From January 2005 to May 2011, he would meet a supplier late at night in various grocery store parking lots to receive garbage bags filled with samples of drugs such Allegra, Celebrex, Januvia and Lipitor, prosecutors say.

He would sell the drugs to the two pharmacists, who have also been charged, prosecutors say.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon also sentenced Swanson to three years of probation, including the six months of home detention, and ordered him to forfeit $56,000 in profits to the government.

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