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Gardiner Woman Sentenced to 70 Months for Heroin, Crack and Fentanyl Conspiracy

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Nicole Truman, 36, of Gardiner, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” and fentanyl.  She pled guilty on May 24, 2018.

According to court records, between June 2015 and March 2017, Truman conspired with others to acquire heroin and crack in Rochester, New York and transport it to Central Maine for distribution. The defendant assisted the head of the conspiracy, Darrell “Coast” Newton, and other dealers he sent from Rochester in distributing the narcotics in Central Maine. She provided transportation, facilitated drug deals, introduced Rochester conspirators to area distributors, assisted other conspirators in finding residences from which to sell drugs, and was a money courier.

Following her indictment in May 2017, she fled to Missouri where she was arrested several months later and returned to Maine.

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. This case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.


Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated December 11, 2018

Drug Trafficking