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Paramedic sentenced to prison for stealing drugs from ambulance

A paramedic from Rowley was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for stealing fentanyl from ambulances, the US attorney’s office announced Thursday.

Joseph V. Amello, 50, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, prosecutors said in a press release.

Amello stole 650 vials of fentanyl, a potent opioid, while working for an ambulance company from November 2014 to August 2015, the release stated.

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He pleaded guilty in June to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by deception, fraud, and forgery, and one count of tampering with a consumer product.

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Prosecutors said he took the drug for his own use. In some cases, Amello removed the drug from the vials and replaced it with saline, according to the release.

Amello was sentenced Thursday in US District Court in Boston.

In June, Amello pleaded guilty to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by deception, fraud, and forgery, and one count of tampering with a consumer product.

Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.