Bangor pair plead guilty to bath salts charge

Posted May 12, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
Last modified May 12, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local pair face up to 20 years behind bars after they pleaded guilty to a bath salts charge on Monday, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

A sentencing date has not been set for Elizabeth Mikotowicz, 27, and Stephen “Pablo” Orosco, 23, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

The pair pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor. They will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

Court documents indicate that Mikotowicz and Orosco are among 14 defendants who illegally distributed MDPV, a synthetic drug referred to as bath salts, in Penobscot County between April and December 2011.

The pair obtained the drugs from other members of the conspiracy and traded, sold or distributed the drugs using cellphones and other means of communication.

Other defendants in the case, Alan Ketchen, Daniel Hines, Adam Hathorn and Tina Keaton of Bangor, Jessica Bryden of Greenbush and Matthew Tardiff of Old Town have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

In addition to prison time, Mikotowicz and Orosco also face a fine of up to $1,000,000.

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