LACONIA — A local transient was sentenced to a year in the House of Correction after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Michelle Gagne, 38, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty in Belknap Superior Court Thursday to a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Judge James D. O‘Neill III sentenced Gagne to 12 months in the House of Correction. The judge also ordered that Gagne complete a comprehensive, multiphase treatment program — CORE — for inmates with substance abuse problems. He also levied a $620 fine which was suspended on condition of two years' good behavior.

Gagne was arrested in January in the parking lot outside the emergency room at Lakes Region General Hospital after police were called and an officer noticed drugs and needles next to Gagne who was inside a motor vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

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