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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to Six Years for Drug Trafficking

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Naquan Eley, 33, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to six years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine base, commonly known as “crack.”  He pleaded guilty on October 11, 2017.

Court records reveal that between September and December 2014, the defendant conspired with others to distribute more than 28 grams of crack and more than 100 grams of heroin. The drugs were acquired in New York, transported to Maine, and distributed in Androscoggin County.  On December 18, 2014, law enforcement agents searched two vacant apartments used by members of this conspiracy and seized crack, heroin and four firearms. Eley is the 27th defendant to be sentenced in connection with this investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI in conjunction with the Southern Maine Gang Task Force, which is comprised of agents and officers from the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston Police Departments. The investigation was part of the ongoing effort of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Drug Trafficking
David B. Joyce Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated March 1, 2018