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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