May 24, 2018
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Bangor man gets 7 years for selling oxycodone

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to seven years and four months in federal prison on drug charges related to his sale of oxycodone last year.

In addition, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Douglas “Dougie Fresh” Morris, 20, of Bangor to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine.

Morris told Woodcock Friday that he began selling oxycodone to feed his own habit.

“The drugs I sold poisoned me and the people in my community,” he said. “I’d like to apologize to the people I sold drugs to and their families. I want to refocus my life and not be part of the prob-lem anymore. I want to use what’s happened to me to be part of the solution.”

Woodcock imposed the sentence recommended by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey, who prosecuted the case. Defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor recommended the judge send Morris to prison for less than seven years.

In imposing the sentence, Woodcock described Morris as “a major supplier of oxycodone in this area.”

“When you get out, I want you to think about what you can do to undo the damage you’ve done to others,” the judge said. “But I want you to start by undoing the damage you’ve done to yourself.”

Woodcock said he would recommend to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that Morris participate in a drug treatment program while incarcerated.

Morris and at least three others were arrested in July 2009 in a sting operation sting operation conducted by Brewer police and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

He was indicted in November by a federal grand jury. In February, he pleaded guilty to conspir-acy to possess with the intention of distributing oxycodone and possession with the intent to dis-tribute oxycodone.

Morris faced up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million on each count. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines he faced between 6½ and nine years in prison.

He had been held without bail since his arrest in August on a separate and still pending drug charge in state court. Morris is expected to plead guilty to having about 200 oxycodone pills and be sentenced at the Penobscot Judicial Center within the next month, Silverstein said Friday.

Also charged in federal court in connection with the oxycodone conspiracy were Jarrod Jami-eson, 22, and Jonathan Ward, 21, both of Brewer, and Daniel Michaud, 22, of Bangor.

In January, Jamieson pleaded guilty to the same charges Morris did. He is scheduled to be sen-tenced on July 8. Ward waived indictment in March and pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15.

They face the same penalties and fines Morris did.

Michaud pleaded guilty pleaded guilty in February to attempted possession of a controlled substance, a federal misdemeanor. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, the minimum fine possible for the crime. Michaud also faced up to a year in prison but was not sentenced to serve time behind bars.

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