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Newport Man Sentenced to Over 13 Years for Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Jamie Akerson, 57, of Newport, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Senior Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 160 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin. The defendant pled guilty on April 14, 2017.

According to court records, between May 2015 and January 2016, Akerson conspired with Todd Shorey and others to acquire large quantities of heroin on a weekly basis from an out-of-state supplier and to have it distributed by others throughout Central Maine.  

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance provided by the Augusta Police Department and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.


Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated October 15, 2018

Drug Trafficking