RUTLAND -- Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has been battling the city’s heroin problem for years. Now it’s hitting too close to home.

The mayor’s nephew, 28-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland, agreed Thursday to plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute heroin. He was released on conditions, including that he get drug treatment.

He’s to formally enter his plea and receive his sentence at a later date. He could get up to 20 years.

Authorities say Nicholas Louras participated in the heroin-dealing conspiracy from last November to this March.

The mayor issued a statement saying he has "long known that the scourge of opiates can reach into and destroy any family."

He said he supports and appreciates the efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement in eliminating the scourge.


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