June 22, 2018
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Florida man gets a year in prison for selling oxycodone in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Florida man has been ordered to serve a year in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in selling more than $3,000 worth of oxycodone pills in a transaction monitored by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Jon Paul Haddad, 27, of Hollywood, Fla., received an overall sentence of three years in prison with all but one year suspended after he pleaded guilty in Hancock County Superior Court to a felony charge of unlawful trafficking in drugs. He also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release and to forfeit $1,776 in cash in suspected drug proceeds.

Haddad, who had been free on $1,000 cash bail, began serving his sentence Wednesday afternoon.

After being investigated by police for approximately six months, Haddad and Kelly Berkwitz-Gutierrez, 46, of South Carolina, were arrested April 1 in Ellsworth after MDEA monitored a drug sale in which Haddad sold 84 oxycodone tablets to a buyer in exchange for $3,024 in cash, police have said.

After the transaction, officers with the Ellsworth Police Department, Maine State Police and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department went to a Route 3 motel, where Haddad and Berkwitz-Gutierrez were staying, and seized another 248 oxycodone tablets, $1,766 in cash and records of drug transactions, according to MDEA.

The total street value of the drugs seized by police during the sting operation was more than $16,000, police have said. Police began monitoring the duo after they came under suspicion of orchestrating a drug trafficking run from Florida to Maine.

A few weeks after their arrest, Berkwitz-Gutierrez pleaded guilty to a felony drug trafficking charge and was sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court to three years in prison with all but nine months and one day suspended. Berkwitz-Gutierrez had a prescription for the pills that were illegally sold and no prior criminal record, officials have said.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Kelly Berkwitz-Gutierrez was sentenced to three years in prison with all but 91 days suspended. The sentence was all but nine months and one day suspended.

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