Comments for: Belfast man sentenced to 2½ years for role in Waldo County cocaine ring

Posted March 23, 2012, at 2:45 p.m.

BANGOR | The Belfast man who six years ago gathered together the men involved in an “explosion” of cocaine trafficking and use in Waldo County was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock to 30 months behind bars. “He nurtured at its infancy, a drug conspiracy that almost …

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  • Anonymous

    “Cocaine …… the white powdery stimulant…. ”

  • Guest

    should read busted in cocaine line,  not ring

  • Dan Troop

    “He ended by saying he has turned his life around since his days dealing drugs, and after serving his prison sentence will go back to living a full and healthy life.”

    Unfortunately a great many people that he and his friends dealt their poison to can’t say the same thing. Their lives and the lives of their family will carry the scars forever.

    RIP Joe Natalie!

  • Anonymous

    A lot of people have played with cocaine and it didn’t ruin their lives.  It’s just like alcohol I suppose, some people can’t just use it and enjoy it, they have to abuse it.  I never cared for the stuff myself but a lot of my friends used to and they don’t seem to be any worse off for it.  These sentences seem harsh to me for selling something that’s milder than alcohol.  I also don’t understand how one guy got charged after he quit selling for years and already turned his life around.  This prohibition stuff knows no boundaries.

    • Cocaine is illegal. Selling and distributing it is illegal. Alcohol is not. That is a fact. There are consequences for your actions when you put yourself into this drug world. Maybe Mr. Hurley has learned from this. It appears you have not.

    • Dan Troop

      “I also don’t understand how one guy got charged after he quit selling for years and already turned his life around.”
       
      It’s called statute of limitations. Based on the offense, you can commit it today and still be charged with it years later. Nothing new about that.
       
      “These sentences seem harsh to me for selling something that’s milder than alcohol.” I’m not sure where you got you education about cocaine or alcohol, but you must have been in the same classroom with the Hurleys.

  • Anonymous

    I went to school with Matt and had a couple classes with him, even though he was a few years older than me. I found him to be a really nice guy and my experience was that he treated most people with an uncommon amount of respect, even if he didn’t know them that well. Everyone makes mistakes.

    • Guest

       Well in my book it’s not showing respect to anyone by selling them illegel drugs, that’s not a “Mistake” it’s a choise This Drug Dealer got off very light. Too bad for us.

      • Anonymous

         It is also a choice to buy the drug from someone who is selling.

    • Anonymous

      Speeding or drunk driving can be a mistake. Selling cocaine week after week for years in your community for several years is not a mistake, it is a conscious effort.
       
      “I found him to be a really nice guy and my experience was that he treated most people with an uncommon amount of respect, even if he didn’t know them that well.” Those must have been the people he wasn’t selling his poison too. It is clear he had absolutely no respect for the people he was dealing to, his family or the community he grew up in.  He and his brother destroyed the lives of a great many people in Belfast and the surrounding Waldo County area. I hope their family is really proud of them.

  • Guest

     “Almost destroyed a community”, Well now we know that it will only cost you 2 1/2 years to bring this suffering to a town of your choosing.

  • Anonymous

    Seems odd that someone would defend this man when so many many were bashing and hanging Jerry Perdomo a few weeks ago.  Read a comment during that time that said that everyone would feel different about a drug dealer that was from Maine and not from away.  It seems that this has come true.  The Hurley’s are from Maine so many are welling to see them as “good boys” whereas Perdomo was from away so he was the worst.  I am not saying that any drug dealer is good — just find it odd that sympathy is given to this guy.

    I also know both the Hurley’s they are “nice” boys who had little in the form of guidance at least from when I first met them in middle school.  Lots of places to party with these boys. 

  • Anonymous

    a pound of cocaine in 4 years, and they’re acting like they busted the sinaloa cartel?

    • Dan Troop

      That is just what they were convicted of because they cut a deal to keep from getting longer sentences. If you had bothered to follow the story before you chose to comment you would know that they and their friends were dealing KILO”S of cocaine during their reign.

  • Anonymous

    Marching powder has darkened many bright paths.

  • While these young men broke the law, they did not personally RUIN anyone’s lives. Cocaine was around (a lot) in the Belfast area long before these boys went off to college (in fact while they were still in diapers and long before) and started their business. AND they never FORCED anyone to partake of the “evil drug”.

    You see, that’s not how it works. Person “A” decides they want the drug. They ask around, eventually someone, person “B” tells them about the supplier; person “C”. Person “A” then contacts person “C” to buy said drug. Person “C” sells drug to person “A” and that is the end of the transaction. Person “A” is completely responsible for his or her own behavior. There are those who will fail to control their actions and complicate, destroy, or lose their lives because of substance abuse…any substance.

    While sad, it is appropriate that these young men be punished. But please stop acting like they control the behavior of others and are responsible for all the ills in Mid-Coast ME. That ship has sailed. The ME economy is responsible and has been for many a year. In the end, you, me, and everyone are responsible ONLY for our own actions.  Stop blaming others.

    • Anonymous

      “While these young men broke the law, they did not personally RUIN anyone’s lives.” I doubt if the people they directly sold cocaine to who now deal with their addiction on a daily basis would agree with you.

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