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Bangor Man Sentenced to Over Two Years for Distributing Fentanyl

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that John Oliveira, 32, of Bangor was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distributing fentanyl.   Oliveira pleaded guilty to the charges on April 17, 2017. 

According to court records, on August 16 and 17, 2016, the defendant sold fentanyl to a witness working with law enforcement.  During the second sale, the defendant bragged that he was “the best” at selling drugs, he did not “normally have [buyers] waiting too long,” and his buyers “always know what quality is going to be.” 

In imposing sentence, Judge Woodcock commented that the defendant had a “horrible criminal history” and that the defendant’s drug dealing was “every parent’s worst nightmare.” 

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Maine Attorneys General’s Office.  This case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.


Jody Mullis
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated April 12, 2018

Drug Trafficking