Bangor Resident Pleads Guilty to Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy
Contact: Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Daniel
Hines, 38, of Bangor pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to conspiracy to
possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly
referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”
According to court records, the members of the conspiracy illegally distributed MDPV in
Penobscot County and elsewhere between April and December 2011. Prior to October 21, 2011,
MDPV was classified as a controlled substance analogue. On that date, it was reclassified as a
Schedule I controlled substance. The defendant obtained MDPV from other members of the
conspiracy and traded, sold or otherwise distributed it. In November 2011, following a search of
a co-conspirator’s residence and the seizure of a large amount of MDPV, the defendant and
another person removed MDPV that the police did not find during their search. That MDPV was
later seized by police from another individual.
The defendant faces up to 20 year in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both. He will be
sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
Hines is one of five defendants charged as part of the conspiracy. Co-defendants Jessica
Bryden, 22, of Greenbush, Maine; Matthew Tardiff, 27, of Old Town, Maine; and Adam
Hathorn, 36 and Tina Keaton, a/k/a “Fumble,” 32, both of Bangor, previously pled guilty to the
conspiracy charge and await sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Bangor Police Department and the Maine Drug
Enforcement Agency with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.