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Dixmont Woman Faces 10+ Years for Role in Penobscot and Aroostook County Drug Trafficking

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

BANGOR, Maine: A Dixmont woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl and one count of conspiracy to make false statements to federal firearms dealers.

According to court records, between January 2018 and December 2021, Sarah McBreairty, 33, conspired with others to traffic methamphetamine and fentanyl in Penobscot and Aroostook counties. As part of the conspiracy, McBreairty obtained large quantities of the drugs from a source and distributed them to area dealers. In June 2021, McBreairty conspired with others to make false statements to a federal firearms licensee in Holden to obtain firearms for her drug source. The attempted purchase was denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check center.

McBreairty faces 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release for the drug conspiracy offense. She faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on the firearms charge. She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case. Assistance was provided by the Old Town and Bangor police departments.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces: This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.



Joel Casey, Assistant United States Attorney (2070-945-0373)

Updated March 24, 2023

Drug Trafficking