Two men have been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in northwestern New Brunswick.

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RCMP say 40-year-old Timothy Sappier of the Tobique First Nation and 45-year-old Renald Laplante of Kedgwick appeared in the Court of Queen's Bench in Campbellton on Monday and were each sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

The two men were found guilty in August of conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Allain Lang of Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) in Saint-Léonard.

Sappier and Laplante were arrested on May 30, 2012, during an investigation aimed at disrupting the trade of illegal drugs northwestern New Brunswick, Sgt. Lang said. Operation J-Themis began in 2009 and led to the disruption of a criminal network that was supplying large quantities of drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to the region.

In addition to their sentences, both men will be required to submit a DNA sample and will be prohibited from possessing non-restricted firearms for 10 years and restricted firearms for life.