NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to almost three years in prison after swapping heroin for guns with an undercover federal agent.

Federal authorities say 39-year old Patrick Rogers expressed an interest in accessing firearms during a recorded meeting where an agent bought heroin from him.

Authorities later arranged a deal to swap two guns with Rogers in exchange for 160 bags of heroin.

Rogers, whose last known address is in Waterbury, was on probation when he was arrested.

His previous drug convictions bar him from possessing guns.

Rogers' attorney sought a more lenient sentence arguing her client had entered crime at a young age and served as a lookout for neighborhood drug dealers. She said Rogers couldn't find permanent work after he was released from prison in 2017.

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