BANGOR, Maine — A local woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison for her role in a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated out of an Ohio Street apartment.
Kizzy Fader, 35, of Bangor also was sentenced to five years of supervised release after she completes her prison term.
Fader, who was convicted in May by a jury on one count of conspiracy to distribute with the intent to possess 28 grams or more of cocaine base, is the first of more than a dozen defendants to be sentenced.
“I think there is a good person inside Kizzy Fader, but she’s been hidden by someone you didn’t want to be,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock told Fader, the mother of four children, just before he imposed her sentence. “You’ve been putting Kizzy first. Kizzy has been putting her own desire for drugs before what’s best for her children. I think you have to think about putting other people first.”
Fader wept as Woodcock spoke.
An emotional Fader told the judge she did not turn to drugs until she was 30 after a relative was killed.
“All that hurt and pain caused me to lose my soul,” she said. “I was broken and did not know how to fix myself.”
Fader told Woodcock he would not see her again.
She is one of more than a dozen people arrested Nov. 3, 2011, after officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency 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, according to court documents.
Woodcock on Tuesday called Fader a “midlevel dealer” who would have faced five years in prison if she had not helped distributors after the raid recover a large amount of crack cocaine police missed and hidden it in her stove.
She faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10 million because of the amount of crack cocaine for which the jury found her responsible.