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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Connecticut Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Drug Conspiracy and Illegal Possession of Firearms

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Erick Adams, also known as “X,” 40, of Taftville, Connecticut, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 25 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 280 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as crack, cocaine, and heroin, and being an armed career criminal in possession of firearms.

Adams pled guilty to the two offenses on June 2, 2017. 

Court records reveal that between about December 2014 and January 2016, Adams and his co-conspirators distributed crack, cocaine and heroin from “trap houses” in Biddeford, Maine, and used a storage unit to store drugs and firearms.  On January 6, 2016, law enforcement agents arrested Adams and an armed co-conspirator at a hotel room in Saco, Maine, and seized about 103 grams of crack, 33 grams of cocaine, 6 grams of heroin, and $26,000 in U.S. currency.  The following day, agents seized about 685 grams of crack, 69 grams of cocaine, 50 grams of heroin, and four handguns from the storage unit.  Adams had multiple prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Biddeford Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service, and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Contact: 
Jamie R. Guerrette Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated May 22, 2018