Woman sentenced to 9 years for drugs

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 05, 2009, at 8:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to more than nine years in federal prison on drug charges.

Nicole Martin, 26, was considered to be a career criminal under the federal sentencing guidelines because she had at least two prior state and federal narcotics trafficking convictions. That earned her a higher sentence than she otherwise would have received, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case.

Martin was arrested in March 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency received a tip that she would be transporting drugs from Portland to Bangor in her car. When she left Interstate 95 in Bangor, police stopped her and found 21 bags of heroin, 4.4 grams of cocaine and 25½ oxycodone pills in her purse.

At the time, Martin was on federal probation for a conviction in 2002 for selling heroin on Mount Desert Island. She was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

She pleaded guilty in July 2008 to three counts of distributing drugs and violating her supervised release. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, Martin faced 15 to 20 years in federal prison on those charges.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Monday granted a motion by the prosecution to reduce Martin’s sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey did not explain what was in the sealed motion. The judge sentenced her to 110 months in prison and six years of supervised release.

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