AUGUSTA (AP) – A Vassalboro man has been sentenced to five years in prison following convictions for aggravated trafficking and importation of heroin.

Vini Heikkila, a 43-year-old unemployed logger, was sentenced in Kennebec County Superior Court on Monday to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended.

State drug agents arrested Heikkila after learning he was driving a rental car to Massachusetts to buy heroin for sale in Maine, the Maine Attorney General’s office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors said police who stopped Heikkila in Gardiner when he returned seized 200 bags heroin that were hidden in the engine compartment of his rental car. An additional 94 bags of heroin were found in one of Heikkila’s socks.

Trafficking in more than 270 bags of heroin can result in a mandatory minimum four-year prison sentence in Maine.

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