ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Franklin man who police have alleged was part of a drug ring that sold prescription pills in Hancock County has begun serving a sentence that will keep him behind bars for at least nine months.
David F. Vaughn, 27, waived indictment and pleaded guilty May 16 to a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. He received an overall sentence of four years, of which all but nine months was suspended, according to court records. He also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release.
Vaughn’s sentence was stayed until May 30, when he reported to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth to begin serving his jail time.
Vaughn and seven other suspects were arrested last December as police executed search warrants at homes in Ellsworth, Bucksport and Orland. Law enforcement officers seized from the properties a total of more than 33,000 milligrams of oxycodone, worth about $40,000; $35,000 in cash; and other items, including a Humvee, two all-terrain vehicles, a motorcycle, jewelry and other precious metals.
One co-defendant of Vaughn’s, Brandie M. Higgins, was indicted last week on similar charges of drug trafficking.
Vaughn and Higgins shared an apartment on Bangor Road in Ellsworth that was searched by police on Dec. 10, 2013, according to police reports on file at the Hancock County Unified Criminal Court in Ellsworth. Vaughn told police, according to the documents, that he had been selling 30-milligram oxycodone pills out of the apartment for the previous five months.
Police seized more than 40 oxycodone pills from the apartment along with $1,425 in cash that officers said was drug proceeds, court documents indicate. Vaughn also admitted on May 16 to a charge of criminal forfeiture, waiving any claims to the money seized by police. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $400 fine.
A charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs pending against Vaughn was dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.