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Convicted Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 4 Years After Bangor Police Find Him with a Firearm, Drugs During Traffic Stop

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine
Andrew Blais had an active warrant for his arrest when stopped by Bangor PD

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition and to possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute them.

Chief U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Andrew Blais, 37, to 48 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Blais pleaded guilty on March 15, 2024.

According to court records, in October of 2023, Bangor police officers encountered Blais during a traffic stop and identified an active warrant for his arrest. Officers observed drug paraphernalia in open view in the vehicle and recovered bundles of cash and a loaded handgun on Blais’ person. A further search at the Penobscot County Jail revealed 38 individual bags containing fentanyl concealed underneath his clothing. Blais was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior felony drug trafficking conviction.

The Bangor Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.



Ethan Plaut, Assistant United States Attorney (207-945-0373)

Updated June 21, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses