A judge told a heroin dealer before sentencing on Friday that he was contributor to what's destroying LaPorte.
''The crime you committed is viewed as major by this court. Heroin is destroying this community. You are a participant in this process,'' said LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos.
He handed an eight year prison sentence to Daniel Castro, which was the maximum amount of time behind bars allowed under a sentencing cap contained in a plea agreement convicting Castro of Class B felony dealing in a schedule I substance.
Castro must also serve three years probation.
He was given the option of asking for a reduced sentence but not until after he completes all of the recommended substance abuse programs.