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Portland Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

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

PORTLAND, Maine: A Portland man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland for being a felon in possession of firearms.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Abdulkadir Bile, aka “Ace,” 31, to 60 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He also received a $6,900 fine. Bile pleaded guilty on March 29, 2022.

According to court records, in October 2021, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant at Bile’s residence in Portland and recovered two firearms from a bed in which Bile was sleeping. Bile was convicted in 2013 of felony aggravated assault in Androscoggin County Superior Court and in 2017 of unlawful trafficking of Schedule W drugs in the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket. These convictions prohibited Bile from possessing firearms under federal law.

ATF investigated the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods: This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. To learn more information about Project Safe Neighborhood, visit



Johnathan G. Nathans, Assistant United States Attorney (207-780-3257)

Updated May 16, 2023

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