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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bangor Resident Sentenced to 7½ Years in Prison for 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 Adam
Hathorn, 36, of Bangor was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A.
Woodcock, Jr. to 90 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to
possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly
referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.” Hathorn pled guilty to the charge on April 2, 2014.

According to court records, between April and December 2011, the members of the
conspiracy illegally distributed large quantities of MDPV in Penobscot, Aroostook and Knox
counties. The defendant packaged and distributed MDPV to others in the Bangor area. He
collected payment for the drugs and used the money to purchase additional quantities from other
members of the conspiracy. Hathorn is one of eighteen defendants who pleaded guilty to
conspiring with Ryan Ellis to distribute the drug. Ellis previously pleaded guilty and awaits
sentencing.

In imposing sentence, Chief Judge Woodcock noted that Hathorn was “involved in a very
bad business” and “caused a lot of harm” to his own community.

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Brewer and Bangor Police Departments.

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