Man gets 14 years for cocaine, heroin distribution

Posted April 29, 2011, at 4:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his involvement in a drug ring that distributed cocaine and heroin to Maine drug buyers.

William Mejia-Cruz of Medford was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He pleaded guilty last August to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Mejia-Cruz was the leader of a drug-trafficking operation and sent couriers to meet with drug buyers at locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. At sentencing, he was held responsible for distributing nearly 9 pounds of cocaine and more than 4 pounds of heroin.

Prosecutors say the investigation led to the conviction of 26 defendants on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.