Belgrade man gets 9½ years for orchestrating pill shipment from jail

BDN staff reports
Posted July 31, 2012, at 6:36 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Belgrade man has been sentenced to 9½ years in prison for orchestrating a shipment of oxycodone from Florida to Maine while in jail, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Curtis Simmons, of Belgrade and Florida, was initially arrested in August after MDEA and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office officers found more than 600 oxycodone pills, about $23,000 in cash and a loaded shotgun in a search of his Belgrade home, according to a Tuesday news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Simmons was arrested on state charges, and in October while he was still in jail, officers learned he was working with his wife, Allison Simmons, to arrange another shipment of pills from Florida to Maine, according to the release. Federal DEA agents arrested Allison Simmons as she deplaned at Portland International Jetport and found 520 oxycodone pills in her bags, the release stated.

Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and both pleaded guilty earlier this year.

In addition to the 9½ years in prison, U.S. District Court judge George Z. Singal sentenced Curtis Simmons to three years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit the $23,000 and the shotgun.

Allison Simmons is scheduled to be sentenced August 24.

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