PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man at the center of a police investigation into the distribution of illegal prescription drugs in North County pleaded guilty on Monday to three drug charges and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Nicholas D. Bondini, 29, had been facing 26 charges, but was allowed to plead to three as part of a deal between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Bondini's lawyer, Jill Sheldon.

In Berkshire Superior Court, Bondini pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of methadone with the intent to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke, Bondini was the subject of a 2010 Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation that included the wiretapping of Bondini's phone, a move that would help net 10 others allegedly involved in the crimes.

Locke said Bondini was addicted to methadone and would buy it and other prescription drugs to use and sell.

Bondini was arrested in November 2010 in a police raid at his home following a drug deal with a Vermont couple who sold him 200 methadone pills for $1,500. He admitted his role in the deal to police, according to Locke.

Nine of Bondini's codefendants have had their cases disposed of and received various sentences. One defendant's case remains open pending review by the Supreme Judicial Court.

On Monday, Judge John A.


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Agostini ordered Bondini to serve a year in jail. He received credit for 101 days he has already served behind bars awaiting the disposition of his case.