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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 26, 2016

Winthrop Man Sentenced to 57 Months on Drug and Gun Charges

Contact: Jody Mullis
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Chad Goucher, 38, of Winthrop, Maine was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.  Goucher pleaded guilty to these charges on February 1, 2016.  

According to court records, on March 6, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Goucher’s Winthrop residence.  Officers recovered heroin, drug paraphernalia, and three firearms, including a .12 gauge Iver Johnson sawed-off shotgun.  Goucher had a prior felony conviction which prohibited him from possessing firearms.  Goucher admitted to law officers that he intended to distribute some of the heroin and he also admitted that he knew that he was not permitted to possess firearms. 

At sentencing, Judge Woodcock noted that Goucher was a significant drug dealer, called his actions “disgraceful,” and said that he had disgraced his family’s name by turning his own mother’s home into a drug den.

The investigation was conducted by the Winthrop Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated September 27, 2016