Milford woman sentenced to 2 years for buying guns in exchange for crack

Posted June 12, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Milford woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in federal prison for buying guns in exchange for crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In addition to prison time, Maureen Alice Hammond, 51, of Milford was sentenced to three years of supervised released.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered that Hammond begin serving her sentence on Aug. 15.

She waived indictment and pleaded guilty last June to conspiring to make false statements during the purchase of firearms. Hammond remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

The handguns have never been recovered, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Oct. 9, 2012, Hammond purchased three handguns in two transactions at Jimi’s Trading Center in Brewer, according to court documents. At the time of the sales, she completed a federally required form claiming to be the actual buyer, when, in fact, she was buying the handguns for a man she knew to be a drug dealer and paying with money he had given to her.

Once Hammond gave the guns to her supplier, who is not named in court documents, she received crack cocaine in payment, the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty said.

Hammond faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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