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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges

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

PORTLAND, Maine: A Portland man pleaded guilty in federal court today to drug trafficking and firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

According to court records, on January 31, 2020, Hunter York, 23, distributed a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl to a Saco resident. The resident overdosed on the drugs obtained from York and died. On February 5, 2020, Portland police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle York was driving. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of MDMA, fentanyl and a firearm. A search of York’s Portland apartment resulted in the recovery of over 800 additional grams of fentanyl and two firearms.  

York faces a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence and maximum prison term of life. He also faces a $10,000,000 fine and a supervised release term of up to life. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This was a joint investigation involving the Portland, Biddeford, and Saco Police Departments; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated March 3, 2022

Drug Trafficking