Lincolnville man sentenced on fed cocaine charges

Posted Jan. 11, 2010, at 9:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Lincolnville man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 37 months in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring that stretched from Mexico to the Bronx to coastal Maine.

Michael Dunn, 42, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock recommended Dunn receive treatment and counseling for his drug addiction while in prison and on supervised release.

“It seems to me you’ve been living a double life,” Woodcock said. “There is a significant part of Michael Dunn that is admirable.”

Dunn worked as a cook in Waldo County and for an out-of-state catering firm, which serves the motion picture industry on location shoots, the judge said citing information in the Presentence Report prepared by U.S. Probation and Pre-trial Services.

His voice breaking, Dunn apologized to his wife and family, who sat behind him in the courtroom.

“I feel horrible,” he said. “I want to get myself straightened out.”

Dunn was indicted in May by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty in September to distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Under the sentencing guidelines, he faced between 37 and 46 months in prison.

James Nixon, Dunn’s Bangor attorney, urged the judge to sentence his client to the low end of the guideline range.

Nixon said Dunn grew up in Jersey City, N.J., where he witnessed two murders and developed “a lifestyle of substance abuse.”

“He was able to escape the mean streets of Jersey City, but was not able to escape his own demons,” the attorney told the judge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey recommended Dunn be sentenced to 42 months in prison because on one occasion when he delivered cocaine he had his young son in the car with him.

Woodcock said he was sentencing Dunn to the low end of the federal sentencing guidelines range because he committed his crimes to feed his own addiction to cocaine and because Dunn was truly remorseful for what he had done and the impact it has had on his wife, son and other family members.

Dunn first was questioned by agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in March after he sold cocaine three times to an undercover federal drug agent, according to court documents.

Four others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing in connection with the cocaine distribution ring, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They are:

• Richard Calligan, 32, of Searsmont.

• Rodney “Pudge” Littlefield, 37, of Belfast.

• Jeffrey Emerson, 33, of Searsmont.

• Ralphy Dominquez, 23, of Bronx, N.Y.

jharrison@bangordailynews.net

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