Man gets 10-year sentence for bringing oxycodone to Maine

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 8:14 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 20-year-old Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for bringing almost 500 oxycodone pills into Maine in April. His alleged accomplice is scheduled to go to court later this week to face charges for the same crimes.

Angel Acevedo of New Bedford, Mass., pleaded guilty to two Class A counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and one Class B count of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. The two Class A crimes each earned Acevedo 10 years in prison and the lesser crime earned him another four years in prison, but he will serve the sentences together, a judge decided on Nov. 7.

Police say that Acevedo and Manny Sylvia, 27, also of New Bedford, Mass., rented a room in the Rockland Hampton Inn in April. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency had been investigating the two for bringing drugs to Maine so the agency got a search warrant. Officials found two bags of drugs between the mattress and the frame of a hotel bed, according to an MDEA police report filed in Knox County Superior Court.

One bag contained 491 30-milligram oxycodone pills. Another bag held 78 grams of cocaine put into 14 baggies and more than 6 grams of heroin.

“[The drugs] were packaged for resale,” Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue said in court earlier this year.

Sylvia is scheduled to appear in Knox County Superior Court on Friday. He was charged with the same crimes as Acevedo.

A local man who helped the two, according to police, was sentenced to three years in prison with all but four months of his sentence suspended. Harley Winchenbach, 19, of Rockland was charged with Class B unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. Police said they found him taking money from a person in the hotel parking lot the same night as the other drug bust. He also had been seen with both Sylvia and Acevedo. The men had made several phone calls to the teenager and taken many calls from him that night, according to phone records police found.

Class A crimes are punishable by up to 40 years in prison and $50,000 fines. Class B crimes are punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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