SEP 18 (PORTLAND, Maine) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that Anthony Cardoza, 31, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced in U. S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal, to 6 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The Court also ordered the forfeiture of Cardoza’s Range Rover which he used to facilitate the crime. Cardoza pleaded guilty to the charge on June 13, 2013.
According to court records, on March 2, 2013, a Maine state trooper patrolling the Maine Turnpike conducted a traffic stop of a Range Rover in which Cardoza was an occupant. After determining that Cardoza was on Maine state probation for a drug conviction, the trooper searched the interior of the vehicle and discovered about 300 grams of cocaine hidden in the center console of the vehicle. Cardoza admitted he had brought the cocaine from out of state and intended to sell it in the Portland area.
The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.