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Traffic Stop Leads to Guilty Plea to Fentanyl and Firearm Possession Charges for Bangor Man

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine
Andrew Blais had an active warrant for his arrest when stopped by Bangor PD

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition and to possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute them.

According to court records, in October of 2023, Bangor police officers encountered Andrew Blais, 37, during a traffic stop and identified an active warrant for his arrest. Officers observed drug paraphernalia in open view in the vehicle and recovered bundles of cash and a loaded handgun on Blais’ person. A further search at the Penobscot County Jail revealed 38 individual bags containing fentanyl concealed underneath his clothing. Blais was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior felony drug trafficking conviction.

Blais faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $1 million and at least three years of supervised release. 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.

The Bangor Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.



Ethan Plaut, Assistant United States Attorney, (207-945-0373)

Updated March 15, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses