BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to five years in prison for being part of a drug distribution ring
Jonathan Ward, 21, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
He pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.
Ward was one of four Bangor-area men to be sentenced for being part of a distribution ring that sold 6,000 pills in less than six months, according to court documents.
He was arrested on July 24, 2009, after neighbors complained to Brewer police about suspected drug activity at the Blake Street home where Ward lived.
Ward told investigators he was addicted to oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, and began selling the pills to others in March 2009 to support his own habit. He also said the loaded 9 mm handgun found hidden under his bed belonged to his father, according to court documents. Ward said he took it for protection after he had been jumped by two masked men who got off with 20 to 40 pills and between $400 and $500 in cash.
Efforts Tuesday to reach the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor about Ward’s case were unsuccessful.
Ward faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Three others have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for their roles in the distribution ring. All were ordered to pay $1,000 fines after pleading guilty to federal drug charges.
Jarrod Jamieson, 22, who lived with Ward in Brewer, was sentenced in July to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release. Douglas “Dougie Fresh” Morris, 20, of Bangor was sentenced in June to seven years and four months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Daniel Michaud, 22, of Bangor pleaded guilty in February to a federal misdemeanor and was ordered to pay a $1,0000 fine. He was not sentenced to prison time.