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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bangor Resident Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for his Part in Crack 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 David Chaisson, 23, of Bangor was sentenced to five years in prison and a three-year term of supervised released for his part in a crack cocaine distribution conspiracy that stretched from New Haven, Connecticut to Bangor.  

According to court records, the defendant illegally distributed crack in Penobscot County and elsewhere between January 2010 and August 2013.  He sold and distributed the cocaine base in multiple half gram and gram amounts to others.  The half-gram bags were sold for $50 each and the gram bags were sold for $100 each. The defendant was responsible for collecting proceeds from his transactions and returning the money to the person from whom he had obtained the cocaine base.  The defendant profited in money and/or cocaine base for the transactions that he engaged in. 

The ultimate source for the cocaine base was in the New Haven, Connecticut area and it was transported to the Bangor area by others in the conspiracy including members and associates of the Red Side Guerilla Brimms, a street gang affiliated with the Almighty Blood Nation, a national street gang.  In fact, during his involvement in the conspiracy Chaisson allowed gang member Christian Turner to live in his Old Town residence and deal crack from the location.  In imposing sentence, the Court held Chaisson responsible for providing a “safe haven” for Turner and other gang members who came to Bangor to distribute the crack.

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the New Haven, Connecticut Office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven Connecticut Department of Police Services.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 7, 2016