ROCKLAND, Maine — The second of two brothers was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a heroin dealing operation out of their home next to Hope Elementary School.
John C. Stanton, 23, of Hope, was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended. Stanton also will be placed on probation for two years upon his release. In addition, he was fined $400 and ordered to pay $120 in restitution to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for the cost of testing the drug.
Justice Hjelm said the sentence was a substantial one, particularly for a person with no criminal record such as Stanton, but that heroin trafficking has done real harm to the community.
Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley said Stanton was apprehended after MDEA observed a drug transaction in Union. MDEA had already obtained a search warrant for his residence and at that home in Hope, more heroin was found.
A total of 10 grams of heroin was seized along with nearly $2,400. Agents also found scales to weigh drugs.
Last month, Stanton’s older brother Richard J. Stanton pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin from their home, located near the Hope Elementary School. Police have pointed out that the Stantons were not selling to children.
The older Stanton will serve two years for the offense once his federal probation violation is settled. He was on federal supervised release on a federal charge of making fake $20 bills. He was sentenced in 2012 to 18 months in federal prison and then placed on supervised release for three years for passing the fake bills in upstate New York in early 2012.
The siblings had been under investigation for months, according to the MDEA at the time of the brothers’ arrest.