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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gardiner Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Charge

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Russell Truman, 50, of Gardiner, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine base, commonly known as “crack.” 

According to court records, between June 2015 and March 2017, Truman conspired with others to acquire heroin, fentanyl and crack in Rochester, New York and transport it to Central Maine for distribution. In exchange for heroin and crack, the defendant assisted several Rochester dealers in distributing the drugs and allowed drugs to be sold from his residence. 

The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison term, a $1,000,000 fine, and between three years and life on supervised release.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance provided by the Augusta Police Department, and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

Drug Trafficking
Joel B. Casey Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 945-0373
Updated May 10, 2018