Lewiston Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses
Contact: David B. Joyce
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Paul Robinson, 33, of Lewiston, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 121 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for distributing cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Robinson pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014.
Court records reveal that between early 2011 and September 2013, Robinson and others obtained crack cocaine in Massachusetts for distribution in the Lewiston area. On April 11, 2013, after Robinson distributed about an ounce of crack cocaine, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Robinson’s apartment in Lewiston. Among the items seized were crack cocaine, about $4,500 in cash, two firearms, video monitors attached to surveillance cameras facing the front of the building, and EBT cards in the names of five other people. In total, Robinson was held responsible for 2.73 kilograms of crack cocaine.
This case results from a joint investigation conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine State Police, the Lewiston and Auburn Police Departments, and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office. This investigation is part of the ongoing effort of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.