Final defendant pleads guilty to part in 2011 Bangor bath salts ring

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The 14th and final defendant in a bath salts distribution ring that operated in Greater Bangor in 2011 pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to a drug conspiracy charge.

Jamie Lewis, 38, formerly of Bangor and now of Leominster, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a synthetic hallucinogen commonly called “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”

The drug is known to cause paranoia, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users.

Lewis, who had been free on bail, was ordered detained while awaiting sentencing.

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A sentencing date has not been set.

Tina Keaton, 32, also known as “Fumble,” of Bangor and Michael “Bub” Tardiff Sr., 54, of Old Town were sentenced earlier this month to time served or nearly a year each in jail. Tardiff’s son Matthew Tardiff, 27, of Old Town is serving a 57-month sentence at the federal corrections institute in Berlin, New Hampshire.

The younger Tardiff, who was sentenced by Woodcock on May 27, is to be released in November 2017, according to information on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator website.

Others charged in the case include Ryan Ellis, 33, formerly of Greenbush and Dover-Foxcroft; Adam Hathorn, 36, of Bangor; Steven Orosco, 23, of Orrington; Jessica Bryden, 21, of Greenbush; Daniel Hines, 37, of Orrington; Alan Ketchen, 40, also known as “AJ” or “Hobbes,” of Bangor; April Kane, 28, of Gorham; Elizabeth Mikotowicz, 27, of Bangor; Gina Nelson, 30, of Bradley; and Jacob Gagnon, 25, of Van Buren, formerly of Bangor, who also was known as “Jake the Snake.”

All defendants face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.


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