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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Monday, November 28, 2016

Orono Woman Pleads Guilty to Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Amy Hakola, 42, of Orono, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to allowing her residence to be used as a place to use powder cocaine and to distribute cocaine base, commonly known as “crack.” 

According to court records, between about January 2010 and August 2013, the defendant allowed her Orono residence to be used by Jermain Mitchell and others from New Haven, Connecticut to distribute crack.  Although the drug deals did not occur in her residence, Hakola was aware that digital scales, packaging materials and drugs were stored in her residence.  She was aware that men staying at her residence repeatedly left the residence to conduct transactions with people who pulled up outside the residence.  On occasion, she drove the men from her residence to different locations in the Bangor area so that they could deliver drugs.  She also knew that Mitchell did not have regular employment, yet regularly had large amounts of cash some of which he paid to her for rent and household expenses.  Finally, Mitchell and the other men shared powder cocaine with her that was used in the residence.

The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years of supervised release. 

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the New Haven Office of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the New Haven Police Department.

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 28, 2016