A New Haven man has been sentenced to six months of house arrest for conspiring to distribute a prescription painkiller.

William Calash, 64, pleaded guilty in January to charges that he conspired with Dr. William Massie and several others to distribute drugs, including Vicodin.

He was sentenced Thursday to house arrest, three years’ probation and a $2,000 fine, said U.S. Attorney John A. Danaher III.

In January, Calash admitted that numerous times between March 1998 and June 2000, he paid Massie for prescriptions for Vicodin and its generic equivalents, Danaher said.

Calash admitted he distributed 2,500 to 5,000 pills.

–Associated Press