ANDOVER — Eric Bevilacqua, a former court officer from Andover, was sentenced yesterday to 35 months in prison for distributing oxycodone pills.

He will be supervised for an additional three years after his release.

Bevilacqua, 28, of 16 Balmoral St., #419, was arrested on Oct. 7, and charged by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with "knowingly and intentionally" distributing the highly addictive drug.

He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Feb. 18, and was free before returning yesterday for a 10:30 a.m. sentencing before Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton in Boston.

During an incident on Sept. 17 before his arrest, Bevilacqua allowed DEA agents to search his residence and admitted to obtaining approximately 1,000 30-milligram oxycodone weekly and selling them to various customers.

Agents also seized $40,000 in a safe in his bedroom.

Some of the money was traced to previous drug deals where the agents had given the money to a cooperating witness to buy ocycodone from another dealer, according to court documents.

After the search, DEA Special Agent Todd Prough filed a criminal complaint against Bevilacqua, which led to his arrest in October of last year.

Bevilacqua resigned as a Massachusetts Trial Court officer last November, a position he had held since April 2006, according to Mary Rafferty, a court spokeswoman.

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