ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man has been sentenced to serve at least three years behind bars for trafficking in illegal drugs.
Jesse B. Foster, 29, pleaded guilty last month in Hancock County Superior Court to trafficking in heroin and cocaine, according to court documents. He received an overall sentence of eight years in prison with all but three years suspended. He also will have to serve three years of probation upon his release and pay $530 in fines and fees.
Foster was indicted last October on charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and possession of scheduled drugs. In exchange for his guilty plea, he was convicted on two counts of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.
Court documents indicate that on April 10, 2008, he was charged in Ellsworth with possessing more than 6 grams of heroin that was packaged in more than 270 individual bags. He also was accused of possessing more than 14 grams of cocaine.
Foster was accused of violating conditions of his bail three times before his Feb. 6 sentencing, court documents indicate. According to police, he tested positive for using marijuana last June and again in January, and for having a 0.09 blood alcohol content last July.