Bangor Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Crack Distribution Conspiracy
Contact: Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorneys
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Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Akeen Ocean, a/k/a “A,” a/k/a “Alex” 42, of Bangor was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base, commonly known as “crack.” On June 27, 2016, the defendant was convicted following a six-day jury trial.
The trial evidence revealed that the defendant joined a conspiracy that operated between January 2010 and August 2013 and that acquired crack cocaine in New Haven, Connecticut and brought it into the Bangor area where it was distributed through a network of New Haven dealers staying in the Bangor area and local residents. Proceeds of the sales were transported back to New Haven and used to purchase, among other things, more crack cocaine to send to Bangor. Members of the conspiracy from New Haven included members of the Red Side Guerilla Brims, a violent street gang affiliated with the Almighty Blood Nation, a national street gang. Ocean was held responsible for 780 grams of crack distributed during his involvement in the conspiracy.
The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the New Haven Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the New Haven Department of Police Services. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Spector and Peter Markle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut also assisted in the investigation and prosecution of this case.