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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 13, 2015

Lewiston Man Sentenced to 14 Years on Drug and Firearm Charges

Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Lamar Young, 28, of Lewiston, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 14 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court records, in late 2012 and early 2013, Young and other individuals sold cocaine base out of an apartment in Lewiston. Young and other members of the conspiracy contributed money to purchase cocaine base and cocaine powder from suppliers in Massachusetts. The cocaine was transported from Massachusetts to Maine, turned into cocaine base when necessary, packaged for distribution, and sold by members of the conspiracy.
           
Court records also showed that in March 2014, Young was arrested in the bedroom of an apartment in Lewiston. After his arrest, officers found a digital scale and several plastic bags containing cocaine powder and cocaine base in a dresser drawer in the bedroom. Officers also found a loaded Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol in the bedroom. Young possessed the pistol for the purpose of protecting the drugs, and protecting himself from anyone who might seek to take the drugs from him.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Lewiston Police Department; and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Updated April 15, 2015