WISCASSET, Maine — A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who, according to drug enforcement agents, participated in a New York-to-Wiscasset heroin ring pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court on Thursday and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
Angel Miranda, 35, told Justice Jeffrey Hjelm that he was guilty of illegally trafficking in heroin and unlawful importation of drugs.
Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman reduced a Class A felony charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs for which Miranda was indicted to Class B, and Miranda pleaded guilty to that charge as well as Class C illegal importing of scheduled drugs.
On Aug. 9, 2013, Miranda and 26-year-old Amandalee Ayala, also of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested after agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency followed the two to the Portland International Jetport, where they allegedly bought heroin from 31-year-old Travis Crowley of Wiscasset, according to court documents.
Drug agents pulled over a car allegedly driven by Miranda early that morning in Brunswick and, with the help of a Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office K-9, discovered more than 20 grams of heroin allegedly hidden in Ayala’s bra.
Officials said Ayala and Miranda have since admitted to transporting heroin from New York to Wiscasset on several occasions.
On Thursday, Liberman said that had the case against Miranda proceeded to trial, he would have proved the charges through the testimony of multiple MDEA agents.
Miranda was previously convicted of three misdemeanor drug crimes, according to Liberman.
Ayala has not changed her original plea of not guilty, according to court documents. She is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Travis Crowley, 31, and Carol Crowley, 25, both of Wiscasset, were each indicted in September on two counts of Class B trafficking in scheduled drugs and one count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier said in August that the Crowleys’ source of heroin was two people from New York City.
The cases against the Crowleys remain active, according to the district attorney’s office. Further information was not available Thursday.