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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last Three Defendants Sentenced in Bangor Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jacob Gagnon, 27, formerly of Bangor and Van Buren, and Jamie Ketchen, 43, formerly of Bangor, were sentenced yesterday; and Ryan Ellis, 37, formerly of Greenbush and Levant, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.” 

Gagnon was sentenced to six years and three months in prison. Ketchen, who also pled guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises, was sentenced to 13 years and four months. Ellis, who also pled guilty to possession of firearms in connection with a drug trafficking offense, was sentenced to 15 years.  Each defendant was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release. 

According to court records, between April and December 2011, the defendants and their co-conspirators illegally distributed MDPV in Penobscot County and elsewhere.  Ellis was the ring leader and obtained large quantities of the drug that he supplied to Gagnon, Ketchen and others, who distributed it to dealers in the Bangor area.  Ellis also distributed the drug in the mid-coast area and in Aroostook County. 

The three defendants were the last of sixteen defendants to be sentenced as part of this investigation which was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bangor, Old Town, Brewer and Veazie Police Departments.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 25, 2016