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New York Man Sentenced to Over 16 Years For Drug Conspiracy and Firearm Charge

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

Contact: Daniel J. Perry                                                                      
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Wayman Sparrow a/k/a “Blaze”, 25, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 196 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack and firing a firearm while trafficking drugs. Sparrow pleaded guilty to the charges on December 22, 2015. 

According to court records, Sparrow was one of a group of New York men who came to Maine in 2011 and proceeded to regularly distribute heroin and crack cocaine from various apartments in Portland.  In late 2012, Sparrow had a falling out with the group and began distributing the drugs for himself. In March 2013, Sparrow was distributing heroin from an apartment at the Lafayette Arms Apartment in Portland when the leader of the conspiracy confronted him.  Sparrow and this leader engaged in a shootout inside the Lafayette Arms Apartments. In June 2013, Sparrow was arrested in South Portland by state drug agents and found in possession of heroin and the firearm that he used in the shootout. 

This case resulted from a joint investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Portland Police Department, with valuable assistance provided by Maine State Police Crime Lab.

Updated June 8, 2016

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