Contact: Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Daniel
Hines, 38, of Bangor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Chief Judge John A.
Woodcock, Jr. to 70 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.”
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 obtained MDPV from other members of the conspiracy and traded, sold
or otherwise distributed it to others. In November 2011, following the search of a co-
conspirator’s residence in Bangor and the seizure of a large amount of MDPV, the defendant
assisted another person in removing from the residence MDPV that the police had not found
during their search. This additional quantity of MDPV was eventually distributed to another
person, who was later caught by law enforcement. Hines is one of eighteen defendants who
pleaded guilty to conspiring with Ryan Ellis and others to distribute the drug. Ellis previously
pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
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.