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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 12, 2014

Two Bangor Residents Plead Guilty to Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy

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

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Elizabeth Mikotowicz, a/k/a “Beth,” 27, and Steven Orosco, a/k/a “Pablo,” 23, both of
Bangor, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to conspiracy to possess with the
intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath
salts” or “monkey dust.”

According to court records, the members of the conspiracy illegally distributed MDPV in
Penobscot County and elsewhere between April and December 2011. The defendants obtained
MDPV from other members of the conspiracy and traded, sold or otherwise distributed it using
cellular telephones and other means of communication.

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both. They will be
sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

Defendants are two of fourteen defendants charged by criminal complaint as part of the
conspiracy. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed to be
innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Co-defendants Alan Ketchen, a/k/a “AJ,” Daniel Hines, Adam Hathorn, and Tina Keaton,
a/k/a “Fumble,” all of Bangor; Jessica Bryden, of Greenbush, Maine; and Matthew Tardiff, of
Old Town, Maine; previously pled guilty to the conspiracy charge and await sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bangor Police Department.

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