Two Convicted of Crack Distribution Conspiracy
Contact: Joel B. Casey or Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jermaine Mitchell, a/k/a “Mello”, 44, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut and Akeen Ocean, a/k/a “A”, “Alex”, 42, of Bangor, were convicted yesterday in U.S. District Court following a six-day jury trial of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 280 grams of cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack.”
The trial evidence revealed that between January 2010 and August 2013, the defendants were part of a conspiracy that acquired crack cocaine in New Haven and brought it into the Bangor area where it was distributed through a network of New Haven dealers staying in the Bangor area and local residents. Proceeds of the sales were transported back to New Haven and used to purchase, among other things, more crack cocaine to send to Bangor.
Mitchell faces between ten years and life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. Ocean faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. They will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. They are the final two defendants charged in an eleven defendant indictment returned in February 2015.
The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the New Haven Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the New Haven Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Spector and Peter Markle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut also assisted in the investigation and prosecution of this case.