A 25-year-old Almost Isle man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 10 years in prison for his part in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northern and central Maine.

Zane Willhide was sentenced to ten years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to US attorney Darcie N. McElwee.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Lance E. Walker of the U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Court records show that over a ten-month period – between July 2018 and May 2019 – members of the drug ring obtained methamphetamine in the western and southern states from sources in Mexico. Willhide and his co-conspirators then distributed the drugs in Aroostook County and other parts of central and northern Maine, McElwee said.

Eleven others, the majority of whom are from Aroostook County, have already been sentenced to prison for their part in the drug trafficking conspiracy. Five other members of the group have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Here are the people involved in the Maine meth trafficking ring:

Joel “Jody” Strother of Près Isle, sentenced to 27 years in prison

Tyler Neece of Près Isle, sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison

Taylor Lovely of Mapleton, sentenced to 13 years in prison

Brian Saunders of Dedham, Maine, sentenced to 13 years in prison

Almost Isle’s Kaleb Dahlgren, sentenced to 10 years in prison

Reece Humphrey of Près Isle sentenced to 10 years in prison

Van Buren’s Andrew Torres sentenced to 6 years in prison

Jeff Curtis, of Castle Hill, sentenced to 5 years in prison

Nathan Corbin of Caribou, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Dylan Begin of Houlton, sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison

Michael Deveau of Almost Isle, sentenced to 3 years in prison

Josh Cook of Mars Hill, pleaded guilty

Crystal Greenlaw of Près Isle, pleaded guilty

Greg Libby of Caribou, pleaded guilty

Robert Poliero of Près Isle, pleaded guilty

Olivia Carr of Bangor, pleaded guilty

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations, and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) investigated the case. Several state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation.

This effort is part of an operation by the Drug Enforcement Task Forces against organized crime.

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