Bangor woman to serve nearly 4 years for role in crack cocaine ring

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Pauline Rossignol
Penobscot County Jail
Pauline Rossignol

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to nearly four years in federal prison for her role in a cocaine and crack cocaine ring that operated between October 2010 and Nov. 3, 2011, primarily out of apartments on Ohio Street.

Pauline Rossignol, 55, was sentenced to three years and 10 months of incarceration followed by five years of supervised release.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered that Rossignol, an Air Force veteran, forfeit $30,000 from the sale of her home to the government.

Rossignol pleaded guilty in January 2013 to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. She was arrested in early November 2011 and then released on bail. Her bail was revoked 18 months ago. That time will be applied to her sentence.

Woodcock said that Rossignol used an enormous amount of powdered cocaine herself, allowed others to deal drugs from her home and most likely sold to others, but the government was “unable to prove it.”

Rossignol made at least 250 purchases from the Ohio Street dealers, linked to a Dominican drug-trafficking operation based in New York City, according to the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty.

“Others involved in the conspiracy described her as one of the biggest dealers in the area,” the judge said.

Woodcock said that in imposing the 46-month sentence, he took into account Rossignol’s prior service to her country, her health problems, which has included brain surgery, and her cooperation with investigators.

Rossignol did not address the court Wednesday but gave Woodcock a letter she had written to him.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith recommend she serve 40 months. Defense attorney Jon Haddow of Bangor urged Woodcock to sentence Rossignol to 36 months behind bars.

 

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