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New York Man Sentenced to Over 19 Years for Heroin and Crack Trafficking Conspiracy

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Carey Ackies, 36, of Jamaica, Queens, New York, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 230 months in prison and eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as crack, and aiding and abetting the possession with the intent to distribute heroin and 28 grams or more of crack. On November 30, 2017, Ackies was convicted following a three-day jury trial. 

Court records and trial evidence revealed that on January 18, 2016, federal agents intercepted a drug courier getting off a bus in Portland with heroin and crack.  The ensuing investigation revealed that the defendant was the source of the drugs.  Four days later, DEA located and arrested the defendant in New York. A search of his Jamaica apartment resulted in the seizure of heroin and crack, a firearm, a money counter and other evidence of drug trafficking. 

In imposing sentence, Judge Singal observed that Ackies was a professional drug dealer who was responsible for sending substantial quantities of the most addictive, dangerous drugs into Maine.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Maine State Police and the Lewiston Police Department.


Jamie R. Guerrette
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated May 10, 2018

Drug Trafficking