BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 11 years and eight months in federal prison for his role in a drug ring that sold crack cocaine out of a set of Ohio Street apartments in 2011.
Christopher Mullins, 45, of Bangor was found guilty by a jury in October of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, which is the equivalent of nearly an ounce.
The Bangor native was on disability in 2010 when he inherited $50,000 from his father, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said Tuesday. Mullins “blew through that in a matter of months,” spending his inheritance on cocaine.
He then went to work for the Dominicans to feed his own habit. For every eight bags of the drug Mullins sold, he received two bags as payment, the judge said.
Mullins, who has been held without bail for nearly two years, apologized to his family and the community the effect his drug dealing has had on them. Mullins also said that he began drinking when he was 12.
“I’m to blame for the choices I’ve made,” he said. “I’ve learned over the past two years that alcohol and cocaine cause pain to the people you love. I’ve made a lot of wrong choices. Now I want to start making the right ones.”
Mullins was one of more than a dozen people arrested Nov. 2, 2011, after agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Bangor police raided adjoining apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St. in Bangor. The investigation, which was linked to a Dominican drug-trafficking operation based in New York City, led to the indictment of 13 people by a federal grand jury, according to court documents.
The head of the conspiracy, Dawlin “Boss Man” Cabrera, aka Rolando Andujar, 30, was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison on the same drug conspiracy charge on which Mullins was convicted. His sentence was shorter than Cabrera’s because the native of the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty to the charge rather than going to trial, cooperated with prosecutors and had a much less significant a criminal history than Mullins does, the judge said.
Mullins’ long criminal history, which included convictions for 42 crimes since he turned 18 in 1986, caused him to be sentenced to more time than Cabrera was sentenced to, Woodcock said Monday.
“This is a profoundly sad business,” the judge told Mullins shortly before imposing the sentence. “When I look across [the courtroom], I see the image of a profound waste of life.”
In addition to prison time, Mullins was sentenced to five years of supervised release following his incarceration.
Mullins faced up to 40 years in prison. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between 11 years and eight months and 14 years and seven months.
Mullins’ attorney Charles Budd of Bangor recommended the sentence Woodcock imposed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith of Concord, N.H., recommended Mullins be behind bars for 14 year and seven months.