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Bangor Woman Sentenced for Drug Offenses

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

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor woman was sentenced today in federal court for maintaining a drug-involved premises and distributing fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., sentenced Brenda J. Shaboski, 65, of Bangor, to a term of 12 months and one day of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Shaboski pleaded guilty on July 19, 2021. 

According to court records, Shaboski owned 1702 Union Street in Bangor, a residence referred to locally as “the farm.” From June through December 2020, the location was used by Shaboski and others to buy, sell, and use heroin, fentanyl and cocaine base. Individuals renting from Shaboski or staying at her house sold and used drugs, and the vehicle and visitor traffic to the location was primarily drug related. The residence was used by drug distributers as a location to “cook” powder cocaine into crack. In March 2021, Shaboski also arranged fentanyl sales from her home. 

In imposing the sentence, Judge Woodcock told the defendant, “There is no way to overstate the impact of these poisonous and addictive substances on this country and on Maine in particular.” The Court noted that Shaboski “had encouraged what amounts to a virus in the body politic of this community” with the “staggering amount of illegal drugs” involved at her home.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case. The Financial Litigation Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office will receive $23,372 in sale proceeds resulting from the forfeiture of Shaboski’s residence.   


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Andrew Lizotte
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated February 2, 2022

Drug Trafficking