Lewiston Man Pleads Guilty to Theft and Drug Charges
Contact: Jonathan R. Chapman
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nathan
K. Brown, 24, of Lewiston, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court in Portland to theft
from interstate shipments and possession of controlled substances charges.
According to court records, in 2013, Brown worked for the United Parcel Service (UPS)
loading trucks at a UPS facility in Auburn, Maine. On four occasions between March 29 and
June 19, 2013, Brown stole packages containing prescription pain relief medications, including
Percocet and Oxycodone , from UPS trucks that he was loading. The medications in those
packages had been shipped from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pharmacy to
patients of the VA. On July 2, 2013, agents of the VA Office of Inspector General and the
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, with the assistance of UPS personnel, caught Brown as he
attempted to steal a fifth package containing VA medications.
Brown faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both, on the theft charge
and not more than one year and a $1,000 fine, or both, on the possession of a controlled
substance charge. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation
report by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the VA, Office of Inspector General, the Maine Drug
Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.