MDI man to serve 4 years behind bars on heroin conviction

Posted July 17, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor man who was caught by police with more than 500 bags of heroin and $28,000 in cash has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Korey Brown, 29, pleaded no contest on Monday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court to a charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to court documents. He received an overall sentence of 12 years in prison with all but four years suspended, plus three years of probation upon his release.

Brown was arrested last September after Bar Harbor police got a tip that he was transporting drugs through town. Officers went to look for Brown and found him at a convenience store on Cottage Street, where he had stopped on his motorcycle, police have said.

Police approached Brown and, after he refused to grant them permission to search the motorcycle, they seized the vehicle, court documents indicate. A short time later, after they had obtained a search warrant, police opened a camouflage bag mounted on the back of the motorcycle and found the packaged heroin and money inside.

Police have said the retail value of the drugs was approximately $20,000.

On Monday, Brown also admitted to two counts of criminal forfeiture to the $28,000 cash and to the motorcycle, a 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster. With the criminal forfeiture convictions, Brown gave up his rights to claim ownership of the money and motorcycle.

Brown, who according to court documents attended a four-week residential drug treatment program in Limestone this spring, also was ordered to pay $600 in restitution to the town of Bar Harbor and a $400 fine.