Rockland woman given nine months for coke deal

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted June 11, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 43-year-old Rockland woman was sentenced to nine months in jail after she admitted Tuesday morning in court that she had sold cocaine to a friend.

Kimberly Ann Curtis was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior Court to four years in jail with all but nine months suspended for trafficking in cocaine. The sentence imposed had been agreed to by the defense and state attorney general’s office.

Curtis also was placed on probation for two years and must pay a $400 fine.

According to Assistant Attorney General William Savage, a cooperating informant for the state contacted Curtis and asked her if she could get cocaine. Curtis then got the cocaine from someone else and sold 2 grams to a friend for $200. The informant was wearing a recording device and recorded the transaction, which occurred in October in Rockland.

Curtis had a 2002 conviction for drug dealing, Savage noted, and ultimately served a year after three violations of probation for that offense.

Defense attorney Eric “Rick” Morse said Curtis was basically guilty of being too accommodating. He said a friend contacted her, she got the cocaine from someone else and was not going to make money on the transaction.

Hjelm said he accepted the agreement although nine months was on the light side, considering her prior conviction.

“I know you are not a kingpin, but you were an essential part of a chain for distributing a very destructive drug in the community,” the judge said.

The judge agreed to allow Curtis to report to jail on July 2.

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