2 sentenced for roles in midcoast cocaine ring

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 24, 2010, at 12:31 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two men were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to federal prison for their roles in a cocaine distribution ring that brought about 80 pounds of the drug from New York City to midcoast Maine.

Richard Calligan, 33, of Searsmont was sentenced to five years and seven months, and Ralphy Dominguez, 24, of the Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced to five years in prison. Both men also were sentenced to serve three years of supervised release after the completion of the their prison terms.

In addition, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered Calligan, who recently received a $400,000 settlement from a workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana, to pay a $10,000 fine. The judge ordered Dominguez to pay a $1,000 fine.

Calligan’s sentence was longer because he had guns in his possession when he was arrested, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The federal sentencing guidelines call for a defendant to spend more time in prison if dangerous weapons are seized along with drugs.

Both men waived indictment and pleaded guilty last year to drug conspiracy charges.

Dominguez admitted that he made 55 trips from New York City to Maine over a 2½-year period, which ended with his arrest by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in March 2009. Calligan, Dominguez and four others were arrested the same month.

Calligan told MDEA agents on March 3, 2009, that if they had waited to execute their search warrant at his home, they would have caught him with 10 ounces of cocaine and between 50 and 100 oxycodone pills. The Searsmont man said he was to receive the drugs shortly from Dominguez.

Dominguez, according to Federal Public Defender Virginia Villa, was a scholarship student at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., when he began selling cocaine. She said in her sentencing memorandum that her client is a few credits away from earning his bachelor’s degree.

Two other Waldo County men have been sentenced in the case. Michael Dunn, 42, of Lincolnville was sentenced in January to three years and one month and Rodney Littlefield, 37, of Belfast was sentenced last month to 2½ years for distribution of cocaine. In addition, both men were sentenced to three years of supervised re-lease after their incarceration.

Jeffrey Emerson, 33, of Searsmont and Carlos Flores Zamora, a Mexican national whose address is not included in court documents, have pleaded guilty for their roles in the drug distribution ring. Emerson is scheduled to be sentenced next month. A sentencing date for Zamora, 33, had not been set.

In a press release issued Monday, U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby praised the yearlong investigation conducted by the Midcoast Task Force of the MDEA. She also recognized the assistance provided by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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