PORTLAND, Maine — A Lyman man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 18½ years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence on Kenneth Pelletier, 49, of Lyman after Pelletier entered a guilty plea on Aug. 25, 2012.
According to court records, Pelletier traveled to New York on multiple occasions to pick up crack cocaine in order to distribute it back in Maine in York County.
Pelletier was also held responsible for the distribution of 1.8 kg — nearly 4 pounds — of crack cocaine. This conviction is Pelletier’s 24th adult criminal conviction and third drug trafficking felony conviction.
According to the prosecution report in U.S. District Court records, on Oct. 5, 2011, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents observed Pelletier meet with a courier operating on behalf of Pelletier’s New York-based drug supplier in Portland at the St. John Street bus terminal. After the meeting, agents obtained the contents of text messages between the courier, the supplier and Pelletier from Oct. 4 and 5. These messages’ content established that the courier delivered more than 100 grams of cocaine base to Pelletier and Pelletier paid him with drug money.
The agents interviewed Pelletier in June 2012, and Pelletier admitted that he oversaw drug distribution designed to pay off debt for an associate who owed the New York supplier money, but had gone to jail for a driving offense. Pelletier also admitted that he subsequently began obtaining additional crack cocaine from the supplier for further distribution. He also told agents he had a debt to the supplier for the most recent delivery of 400 grams of crack.
Pelletier faced a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a $1 million fine.
The case was investigated and processed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the York County Sheriff’s Department, and the Biddeford Police Department.