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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Falmouth Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Trafficking Heroin That Resulted in Death

Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Adam Norton, 32, of Falmouth, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for distributing heroin that resulted in death.  Norton pled guilty to the charge on January 26, 2016.

According to court records, in October 2014, Norton distributed heroin to a man that resulted in his death.  Only days after the death, Norton supplied heroin to a family member who overdosed on it, but who was resuscitated with Narcan, an opiate antidote.

At the sentencing, Judge Levy commented that this “case presents circumstances that are the most heartbreaking” he has encountered. The Court noted that Norton’s drug trafficking was related to his heroin addiction that started from his use of medication that had been prescribed him. The Court added, however, that “being an addict is not an excuse for drug trafficking.” 

This case results from an investigation conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 28, 2016