Massachusetts man given 4 years for bringing $30,000 in drugs to Maine

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 1:03 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years in prison for his part in bringing more than $30,000 worth of drugs to the midcoast.

Manny Sylvia, 28, of New Bedford, Mass., was ordered to serve 10 years in prison for aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, 10 more years for another charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs and four years for unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs. All but four years of the sentence was suspended.

Police had been investigating Sylvia and his friend Angel Acevedo, 20, also of New Bedford, when on April 7, Sylvia rented Room 104 at the Hampton Inn in Thomaston. Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency obtained a search warrant and entered the hotel room with officers from the Rockland Police Department and Maine State Police. Between the mattress and frame of a hotel bed, the officers found one bag containing 491 30-milligram oxycodone pills and a second bag that held smaller packages containing 78 grams of cocaine and more than 6 grams of heroin in total. Two more pills were found in Sylvia’s car and another two on Sylvia, according to James Pease, supervisor of MDEA’s Midcoast Regional Task Force.

Acevedo was charged with the same crimes for trafficking drugs and last month received the same prison sentence.

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