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South Berwick Man Sentenced on Distribution of Suboxone
Resulting in Death Charge

July 17, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant U.S. Attorney
(207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Shawn
Verrill, 23, was sentenced today in United States District Court before United States District Judge
D. Brock Hornby to 71 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. The sentence followed
Verrill’s guilty plea on March 20, 2013 to a charge of distribution of buprenorphine (Suboxone)
resulting in the death of Miles Malone.

Court records established that on the evening of October 12, 2010, at Verrill’s apartment in
South Berwick, Verrill supplied 2 suboxone pills to Miles Malone and that Miles Malone died later
that evening after consuming the pills. The subsequent autopsy showed that Mr. Malone died from
buprenorphine toxicity.

Court records show when police were called to Verrill’s apartment on the morning of
October 13, 2010 in response to Mr. Malone’s death, they searched the apartment and recovered three
pharmaceutical bottles secreted in a concrete block that was used to hold up a television; one bottle
contained suboxone pills, one bottle contained clonazepam pills, and one bottle contained klonopin

Court records also show that as part of their investigation, police collected DNA samples
from the pharmaceutical bottles recovered from Verrill’s apartment. Officers also collected a DNA
sample from Verrill. Laboratory analysis showed that Verrill’s DNA matched the DNA recovered
from the cap of the suboxone bottle.

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and South
Berwick Police Department.



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