Portland Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Drug Trafficking
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Mustafa Hassan, 34, of Portland was sentenced on November 1 in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to seven years in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as crack. The defendant was convicted following a jury trial on March 16, 2017.
Court records and trial evidence revealed that between January and March 2016, Hassan, Carlos Manuel Perez-Crisostomo a/k/a “Nelson Calderon,” and others trafficked in cocaine and crack in southern Maine. The two men were arrested on March 6, 2016, as law enforcement interrupted a pending drug transaction. A subsequent search warrant at Perez-Crisostomo’s residence revealed about 160 grams of crack and about 460 grams of cocaine.
On November 21, 2016, Perez-Crisostomo entered a guilty plea to the drug conspiracy charge. On September 7, 2017, he was sentenced to 121 months in prison.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) and the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) in conjunction with the Southern Maine Gang Task Force, which is comprised of agents and officers from the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the DEA; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston Police Departments.