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Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Sean Anderson, 39, of Peabody, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to court records, on May 7, 2019, a Maine State Police trooper stopped the defendant for speeding northbound on I-95 in York. The trooper recovered a package containing about 9 grams of fentanyl from the ground just outside the defendant’s car, where the defendant had thrown it after pulling over. While the defendant was being booked into the York County Jail, jail personnel found two additional packages containing about 52 grams of fentanyl in the defendant’s underwear.

The defendant faces up to 40 years in prison, between three years and life on supervised release, and a $5,000,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Maine State Police; and the York County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids.


Christopher Hill
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated August 7, 2019

Drug Trafficking