BANGOR, Maine — A New York man described by a federal judge as the cocaine connection between Mexico and midcoast Maine was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 14 years and four months in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also ordered that Carlo Flores Zamora, a 34-year-old Mexican citizen who has been deported from this country twice, be turned over to the Department of Homeland Security after completing his prison term.
“You are not welcome in this country,” Woodcock told Zamora in imposing the sentence. “Do not return.”
Zamora, who admitted running the cocaine distribution ring from his apartment in Bronx, N.Y., pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal drug possession and conspiracy charges. He is one of six men who have been sentenced to prison for involvement in a cocaine distribution ring that brought an estimated 80 pounds of cocaine into Waldo and Knox counties between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 20, 2009, according to court documents.
Through an interpreter, Zamora asked forgiveness for what he had done.
“First, from God and, then, from my mother and sister who did not put me on this path,” he said. “I’ve made a mistake and I’m going to have to pay for it.
Zamora, who has been held without bail since his arrest in March 2009, faced a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on the conspiracy charge. He faced up to 20 years in prison on the possession charge. He was the last person involved in the conspiracy to be sentenced.
Woodcock in July sentenced co-conspirator Jeffrey Emerson, 33, of Swanville to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release after his incarceration and ordered him to pay a $2,000 fine. In May, co-conspirator Richard Calligan, 33, of Searsmont was sentenced to five years, seven months in prison, and another co-conspirator, Ralphy Dominquez, 24, of Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced to five years behind bars. Both men also were sentenced to three years of supervised release after their incarceration.
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 in prison, and Rodney Littlefield, 37, of Belfast was sentenced last month to two years and six months, both for distribution of cocaine. In addition, both men were sentenced to three years of supervised release after their prison terms.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, praised the yearlong investigation conducted by the Midcoast Task Force of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.