Federal jury convicts Bangor man of being part of Ohio Street crack cocaine ring

Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 6:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury Tuesday convicted a local man of being part of a conspiracy to sell crack cocaine out of neighboring apartments on Ohio Street.

Christopher Mullins, 44, of Bangor was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, which is the equivalent of nearly an ounce.

The defendant did not react when the verdict was read.

Mullins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

The trial began Monday before a jury of five men and seven women. The jury deliberated for about an hour and 15 minutes before announcing its verdict.

Mullins originally was charged in state court last November. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in January.

He has been held without bail since his arrest last year.

Mullins is the second person to go on trial in the crack cocaine distribution ring. Kizzy Fader, 33, of Bangor was convicted in May. Her sentencing date has not been set.

Fader and Mullins were two of more than a dozen people arrested Nov. 3, 2011, after agents with the MDEA and Bangor police raided adjoining apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St. in Bangor. The investigation, which has been linked to a Dominican drug-trafficking operation based in New York City, has led to the indictment of 13 people by a federal grand jury, including Fader and Mullins, according to court documents.

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