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Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A member of a nationwide drug trafficking ring pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to drug trafficking charges. During the investigation, over 160 pounds of pure methamphetamine, as well as an AK-47, a Glock with no serial number, two loaded Smith & Wesson handguns and over 4,200 rounds of ammunition were seized. An illegal marijuana grow operation with hundreds of marijuana plants was also dismantled.

Emil Dzabiev, 44, of Scarborough, Maine, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2, 2024. 

Dzabiev was arrested and charged along with seven others in July 2021 and was subsequently charged in a superseding indictment that added three defendants in September 2021.

In late 2020, Reshat Alkayisi was identified as a large-scale methamphetamine trafficker, who distributed multi-pound quantities to customers throughout the New England area. Dzabiev was identified as one of Alkayisi’s regular customers who routinely purchased methamphetamine and redistributed it in Maine. In May 2021, Dzabiev was stopped after a meeting with Alkayisi and found in possession of approximately 455 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Dzabiev is the 10th defendant to plead guilty in the case. Alkayisi pleaded guilty in April 2024 and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, 2024. 

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine provides for a sentence of up to life in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Stephen Belleau, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Norfolk County Sherriff’s Office; and Concord, Hudson, Peabody, Reading, Watertown and Waltham Police Departments. Assistance was also provided by the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alathea Porter and Katherine Ferguson of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated June 18, 2024

Drug Trafficking